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2012
Document 025702
Webinars
Council of State Governments. Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project (New York, NY).
Those people interested in quick but detailed one hour bites of information about mental health and criminal justice can find archived webinars about such issues at this website. A copy of recordings and related slides are supplied. Some of the presentations offered are “Child Trauma and Juvenile Justice: Prevalence, Impact and Treatment,” “Maximizing the Impact of Juvenile Justice Interventions – The Importance of Risk/Needs Assessment ,” “Mental Illness and Violence,” “Responding to a High-Pro... Read More
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2012
Document 026323
A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners Working With Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
By Kinscherff, Robert. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services. Federal Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (Washington, DC). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) (Washington, DC); National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
“This paper provides an overview for mental health practitioners who provide professional services to youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system …. While primarily intended for mental health professionals working within system of care communities or interested in developing a system of care collaboration in their area, this paper is relevant for any mental health practitioner providing professional services to youth involved or at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system. ... Read More
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28 pages
2012
Document 026376
Webinar Archive: Women Engaged in the Criminal Justice System
By Ramirez, Rachelle; Gehring, Krista S.. Council of State Government. Justice Center (New York, NY); Council of State Government. Criminal Justice Mental Health Consensus Project (New York, NY).
This webinar “discussed the current research and best practices related to the successful management and treatment of women in the criminal justice system … with a particular focus on behavioral health. The webinar also included a discussion about gender-specific criminogenic risk and need assessment tools, as well as the importance of responsivity for females." This website provides access to a recording of the webinar and the accompanying slides.... Read More
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2012
Document 026381
Mental Health Issues in County Corrections vs State Prisons
By Hatcher, Joe W.; Pichette, Shauna. corrections.com (Scituate, MA).
The author explains why “the mental health environment in county corrections [local detention facilities or jails] is, in important respects, more difficult for inmates and for staff than it was at the state institution [she] left” (p. 1). Most of jail inmates’ difficulty dealing with mental health issues seems to be based on their increased levels of stress and the inability of addressing it by themselves or with the help of professional staff.... Read More
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3 pages
2012
Document 026392
Juvenile Justice Resource Series
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) (Rockville, MD). Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) (Washington, DC); National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) (Delmar, NY).
“This resource series was developed to help communities address the mental health and related needs of young people involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system … Each brief examines a unique aspect of serving this population within system of care communities”. Papers in the series include: “A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners Working With Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System by Robert Kinscherff (2012); “New Directions for Behavioral Health Funding and Impli... Read More
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2011
Document 025569
Frequently Asked Questions: Health, Mental Health, & Substance Use Disorders
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). National Reentry Resource Center. Committee on Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders (New York, NY).
Questions related to recently released inmates’ health services, mental health care, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders are answered. Some of the topics covered include: health risks faced by these offenders; difference between screening and assessment; continuity of care; and federal benefits available to justice-involved individuals.... Read More
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15 pages
2011
Document 025988
15 Common Cognitive Distortions
By Grohol, John M.. psychcentral.com (Newburyport, MA).
Common cognitive distortions that are found in the general and offender populations are described. “Cognitive distortions are simply ways that our mind convinces us of something that isn’t really true. These inaccurate thoughts are usually used to reinforce negative thinking or emotions — telling ourselves things that sound rational and accurate, but really only serve to keep us feeling bad about ourselves” (p. 1). Addressing these perceptions can help in changing offender behaviors so they can ... Read More
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3 pages
2011
Document 025722
Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues: Final Report: Recommendations for Changing the Paradigm for Persons With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System
Judicial Council of California. Administrative Office of the Courts (San Francisco, CA); Council of State Governments (Lexington, KY); California Department of Mental Health. Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)/Proposition 63 (Sacramento, CA). Judicial Council of California. Administrative Office of the Courts. Center for Families, Children and the Courts. Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues (San Francisco, CA).
“The task force was charged to explore ways to improve practices and procedures in cases involving adult and juvenile offenders with mental illness, to ensure the fair and expeditious administration of justice, and to promote improved access to treatment for defendants with mental illness in the criminal justice system” (p. 1). This report has seven sections that follow “Guiding Principles” and “Report and Recommendation Development”: prevention, early intervention, and diversion programs; court... Read More
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96 pages
2011
Document 024923
Jail Diversion & Trauma Recovery--Priority to Veterans
National GAINS Center (Delmar, NY).
This report explains how the “Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Initiative has reshaped how communities and states address the behavioral health service needs of justice-involved veterans in numerous ways” (p. 1). Some of these ways include extending traditional criminal justice/behavioral health partnerships, addressing the pervasive effects of trauma, coordinating services between the Veteran Health Administration and community providers, and developing a strong presence of peers on advisory ... Read More
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5 pages
2010
Document 025373
Turning Knowledge into Practice: A Manual for Human Service Administrators and Practitioners about Understanding and Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: 2nd Edition
By Morris, John A., editor; Day, Stephen, editor; Schoenwald, Sonja K., editor. John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL). Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (Boston, MA).
The goal of this manual is “to enhance independence, self sufficiency, and community living for people with disabilities through the implementation and approaches of best practice series and segments” (p. 1). While this guide may be written for behavioral healthcare services, the information it provides about evidence-based practice (EBP) can be applied in most any setting. Chapters of this publication following an executive summary are: introduction—purpose and uses of this manual; an introduct... Read More
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148 pages
2010
Document 024577
Recidivism Drops in Those Supervised by MH Courts
By Levin, Aaron. American Psychiatric Association (Arlington, VA).
A short overview of findings by North Carolina State University researchers is presented. During a two-year period, 72% of those who completed the mental health court process where not rearrested. Only 19% of non-participants were not rearrested.... Read More
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2 p.
2010
Document 024720
Information Sharing in Criminal Justice-Mental Health Collaborations: Working with HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws
U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC). Council of State Governments. Justice Center (New York, NY).
The sharing of information between criminal justice and mental health is discussed. This guide is divided into two parts: practitioner analysis—behavioral health care, law enforcement, courts, jails and prisons, community corrections (probation and parole), business associates and qualified service organizations, and individual right of access to own records; and working with privacy laws—privacy law penalties and information-sharing tools.... Read More
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31 pages
2010
Document 025885
The Effects of Solitary Confinement: Commentary on One Year Longitudinal Study of the Psychological Effects of Administrative Segregation
By Smith, Peter Scharff. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
The author comments on research done by the Colorado Department of Corrections and the University of Colorado’s Department of Psychology concerning the effects of solitary confinement. Sections of this article include: the Colorado study; why available research was not used the authors of the Colorado study; available European studies on the effects of solitary confinement; social contact and contamination across groups; whether the study participants were harmed by solitary confinement prior to... Read More
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11 pages
2010
Document 025989
Less Capable Brain, Less Culpable Teen?
By Burillo, Kristen. Mercyhurst College. Civic Institute (Erie, PA).
This report should be required reading for anyone working with juvenile or young adult offenders. It describes adolescent brain development and why juveniles and teenagers participate in reckless and antisocial behavior. “The brain regions and systems that play a large role in regulating emotion and behavior, as well as those that are involved in evaluating risks and rewards, are the ones most impacted during adolescence” (p. 1). This fact leads to questions regarding the motivation behind the c... Read More
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8 pages
2010
Document 025987
Thinking Errors Defined
By Barnhart, Tracey E.. corrections.com (Quincy, MA).
The common criminal thinking errors are clarified in order to enable you to better recognize the behaviors of the offenders you work with. These thinking errors are anger, assuming, avoiding the hot iron of the past, blaming, confusion, excuses, fact stacking, fronting, grandiosity or maximizing, minimizing, helplessness, hopovers (changing the subject), hot shot or cockiness, the “I can’t” attitude, “It’s mine” or entitlement, justifying, keeping score, lack of empathy, “Let’s fight” or splitti... Read More
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8 pages
2005
Document 021374
Improving the Response to Offenders with Mental Illness Through Mental Health and Criminal Justice Collaboration
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Proceedings from hearings regarding mentally ill offenders are provided. Contents of this publication include: executive summary; outline of proceedings; opening remarks and introduction; hearing panel -- setting the context -- the increasing number of people with mental illness under corrections supervision -- origins of the problem and key strategies for addressing it; hearing panel -- case studies of state and local mental health and corrections collaboration; summary of day's proceedings; D... Read More
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183 p.
2004
Document 018604
Effective Prison Mental Health Services: Guidelines to Expand and Improve Treatment
By Hills, Holly; Siegfried, Christine; Ickowitz, Alan. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Mental Health Association (Alexandria, VA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
"[H]istorical , legal, and ethical issues relevant to dealing with mental illness in the field of corrections" are discussed (p. iii). Chapters include: introduction; screening and assessment; mental health and substance abuse treatment; use of seclusion, segregation, and restraints; suicide prevention; treating women offenders; psychopharmacological intervention for psychiatric disorders; transitional services; treatment of special populations (e.g., persons with mental retardation or developme... Read More
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91 p.
2001
Document 016724
Provision of Mental Health Care in Prisons
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections. Prisons Division (Washington, DC).
Results of a survey on correctional agency management of and provision of treatment to inmates with mental health care needs are presented. This report examines: the numbers of inmates needing mental health care; approaches to identifying and providing services to mentally ill populations; reported increases in mental illness among prison populations; management and treatment of mentally ill inmates; assistance for inmates with other mental health needs; counseling and treatment for specific inm... Read More
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9 p.
2001
Document 017857
Commission on the Status of Mental Health of Iowa's Corrections Population
Community Corrections Improvement Association (Cedar Rapids, IA); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton, NJ); Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (Cedar Rapids, IA); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); Council of State Governments (Lexington, KY). State Public Policy Group, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA) .
The effects of an increasing number of offenders with serious mental health problems are investigated. Sections of this report include: executive summary; introduction and purpose; methodology/overview of effort; hearings summary; findings; and the survey report which identifies unfulfilled mandates, non-uniform performance, a sense of urgency for problem solution, the desire for community-based correctional settings, and overwhelming support for solutions existing within Iowa's correctional sy... Read More
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39 pages
1995
Document 012268
Survey of Mental Health Services in Large Jails and Jail Systems
LIS, Inc. (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Corrections Information Center (Longmont, CO).
This report presents the results of a national survey of jail-based mental health staffing and services. The report summarizes the major findings of the survey and provides data for each responding jurisdiction. Data collected include: population size; number of admissions; length of stay; bedspace for inmates with mental health care needs; bedspace in mental health unit; length of stay in mental health unit; staffing for mental health care; fees; and mental health service providers. ... Read More
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12 p.
1994
Document 012934
Proceedings of a National Forum on Creating Jail Mental Health Services for Tomorrow's Health Care Systems
National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services (Washington, DC).
This report on the proceedings of the first national forum on mental health services in jails contains copies of the remarks made by the speakers and summaries of each session of the meeting. The forum resulted from a strong concern about the numbers of mentally ill persons in correctional facilities. Areas of focus included mental health services in San Francisco Sheriff's Department facilities, and special mental health and substance abuse issues for women.... Read More
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75 p.
1994
Document 012252
Concept Paper for a National Forum on Creating Jail Mental Health Systems, San Francisco, CA, November 9-10, 1994
National Institute of Corrections. Jails Division (Longmont, CO); National Institute of Justice (Washington, DC). Policy Research Associates (Delmar, NY); U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Center for Mental Health Services (Washington, DC).
This concept paper examines mentally ill offenders and their special needs that must be addressed when they come in contact with the criminal justice system. The various points of contact are with police, jails/lockups, prisons, probation and parole, and diversion programs. Some principles for successful mental health services and prospects for federal initiatives are discussed. Finally, there is a section describing the Center for Mental Health Services program which illustrates the hom... Read More
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96 p.
1990
Document 008754
Jail Diversion for the Mentally Ill: Breaking Through the Barriers
By Steadman, Henry J.. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC). National Coalition for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System (Seattle, WA).
A conference was held on April 2, 1990 that brought together mental health, correctional, and law enforcement professionals to address issues surrounding the mentally ill person who comes in contact with the local jail. Research and program reviews from which the conference deliberations developed are provided. Four categories identified and examined are: screening and evaluation; crisis intervention; treatment; and transfer/discharge planning. ... Read More
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133 p.
1990
Document 009271
Special Needs Inmates: A Survey of State Correctional Systems
By Hall, Marie. National Institute of Corrections National Academy of Corrections (Boulder, CO). Illinois Dept. of Corrections (Springfield, IL).
The Illinois Department of Corrections conducted a survey of all 50 states to determine the prevalence of inmates who have special medical or mental health needs. Within the 31 states responding, .08 percent to 8.2 percent of prison inmates fell into various special housing categories. These categories included chronic illness, terminally ill, advancing age, ambulation difficulties, and mental health problems.... Read More
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34 p.
1987
Document 005425
Basic Guide to Mental Health Services in Jails: The Workbook
By Lloyd, Lillis M.. Correctional Management Consultants (Phoenix, AZ); National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
Areas addressed include history of mental health in jails, major types of mental disorders, personality disorders, suicide awareness/prevention, and liability and negligence. Length of training is sixteen hours. Audience includes correctional professionals such as officers, mental health staff, social workers, counselors, nurses, and intake and classification workers. The training package consists of a one-volume manual.... Read More
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120 p.
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