Evidence-Based Practices for Justice-Involved Persons: A Five-Part Webinar Series
- Presented by SAMHA's GAINS Center. Cutting edge updates by leading researchers on the current empirical research on five key Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) for justice-involved persons with behavioral health disorders. Complementing each researcher, nationally-recognized practitioners putting these EBPs to use in the field every day.
- “Forensic Assertive Community Treatment: Updating the Evidence”
- January 21, 2014 at 3:00 pm EST
- “Supported Employment for Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness”
- February 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm EST
- “Illness Management and Recovery”
- March 3, 2014 at 2:30 pm EST
- “Integrating Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Justice-Involved Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders”
- April 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST
- “Reducing Criminal Recidivism for Justice-Involved Persons with Mental Illness: Risk/Needs/Responsivity and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions”
SSI/SSDI and Medicaid: Powerful Tools for Reentry Success (March 12, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30pm EST)
- Hosted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. This webinar will provide an overview of eligibility criteria and the enrollment process for these benefits; discuss the federal SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) training program as a way to improve enrollment; and offer success stories and lessons learned from the field. As more individuals became eligible for Medicaid coverage on January 1, 2014 based on income alone, this webinar serves as a timely reminder of the importance of addressing health coverage status as well as the housing and income challenges facing those who meet disability criteria.
Mental Health and Criminal Justice in the News
PA Prisons are doing better on a harsh practice (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
- Last May, Pennsylvania prisoners with serious mental illness were in solitary confinement at twice the rate of other inmates. Such treatment is not good for the prisoners and it’s not safe for prison personnel. As a result, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against the state last year. Fortunately, the corrections department has reformed many of its practices since the period examined in the federal investigation. For instance, fewer than 150 inmates with serious mental illness live in restricted housing now, compared to 850 in 2013. The department is also training prison employees in crisis intervention, involving mental health staff when an inmate with serious mental illness faces discipline and developing specialized units to treat prisoners with serious mental illness.
How Obamacare May Lower the Prison Population More Than Any Reform in a Generation (Newsweek)
- While many have focused on the individual mandate, and the online (and glitchy) insurance exchanges, one of the most potentially impactful elements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has flown more or less under the radar. It may be the biggest piece of prison reform the U.S. will see in this generation. On the face of it, there’s no direct connection between the ACA and what experts refer to as the “justice-involved population.” There’s no mention of prisons or jails or even crime in the language of the law. However, in what proponents of the act are considering a happy public policy accident, the ACA may inadvertently change the makeup of the U.S. prison population by getting early help to those with mental health and drug abuse issues, ultimately reducing recidivism rates and saving states millions, if not billions, of dollars annually.
Justices Hear Florida Case on Measuring Inmates’ Mental Disabilities (NY Times)
- A majority of the Supreme Court seemed skeptical on Monday of how Florida decides who is eligible to be spared the death penalty on account of intellectual disabilities. The state uses an I.Q. of 70 as a rigid cutoff, and several justices suggested that it should take account of a standard margin of error or consider additional factors.
Court Order Prompts Prison Improvements For Mentally Ill (Indiana Public Media)
- American Civil Liberties Union officials say they are pleased with the changes the Indiana Department of Corrections has made over the past year to improve its facilities and services for mentally ill inmates. ACLU representatives and a U.S. District court judge toured the Pendleton Correctional Facility on Wednesday.
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