Reducing Justice Involvement For People with Mental Illness.

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The Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence is a collaborative effort of Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh. It is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The purpose of the Center is to work with Pennsylvania communities to identify points of interception at which an intervention can be made to prevent individuals with mental illness from entering or penetrating deeper into the criminal justice system.

The Center will work collaboratively with the Commonwealth and locales in planning and implementing programs, providing information to promote their use of evidence-based practices and serve as a resource for technical assistance and training. The Center will also host a central repository for collected data and information on criminal justice/mental health responses throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Click here to view the official announcement of the PA Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence.

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Upcoming Webinars & Training

The National Reentry Resource Center will host a webinar about BJAís grant solicitation Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors. For more information, click here.

Mental Health and Criminal Justice in the News

Supreme Court Rules For San Francisco Officers Who Shot Mentally Ill Woman (Crime Report)

  • The Supreme Court today granted "qualified immunity" to two San Francisco police officers who entered the room of a mentally ill woman and shot her when she threatened them with a kitchen knife. Although the court's majority ruled in the officers' favor, the decision did not establish standards for police dealing with the mentally ill.

Recidivism Rates Drop in Pennsylvania State Prison System (PR Newswire)

  • Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced what he called "exciting" statistics on recidivism in the state corrections system demonstrating that prison reform efforts are showing concrete results in the area of public safety.

Mentally Ill Inmates Are Routinely Physically Abused, Study Says (The New York Times)

  • Mentally ill inmates in prisons and jails across the US are subjected to routine physical abuse by guards, including being doused with chemical sprays, shocked with electronic stun guns and strapped for hours to chairs or beds, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Click here to find information by county including descriptive data (e.g. crime & mental health stats) and contact information for county agencies.

Click here to find program information by intercept.

Looking to have questions answered or to discuss issues with your peers in other counties? Our blog will give you the opportunity to initiate conversations with the Center of Excellence staff and your peers.

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