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Federal, State, and Local Leaders Gather for First-Ever National Reentry Housing Symposium

State and local officials are increasingly recognizing the need for stable, affordable housing as a solid foundation for successful reentry. However, significant barriers remain to accessing housing as people reenter their communities, such as a…

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Co-Occurring Substance Use, Correctional Facilities, Housing, Mental Health

Apply Now to Join a Community of Practice on Police-Mental Health Collaboration Staff Wellness

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hosting a virtual Community of Practice (CoP) to aid agencies in…

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Law Enforcement, Mental Health

Building a Better Mental Health Court: New Hampshire Judicial Branch Establishes State Guidelines

Unlike drug courts, which have been informed by national standards for 10 years, mental health courts (MHCs) have developed without…

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Courts, Mental Health

Apply Now for Short-Term, Free Police-Mental Health Collaboration Support in 2023

With support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Council of State…

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Law Enforcement, Mental Health

Looking Back at Five Years of a Federal Program Supporting County Justice Systems

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports communities across the country in their work to address overrepresentation of people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system. For five years, between 2015…

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Crisis Systems, Mental Health

Federal Agencies Convene Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Leaders to Discuss Shared Opportunity of 988 

Community leaders around the country have heralded the arrival of 988—the 3-digit code for people to reach the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline—as an essential new resource to shift people in crisis toward appropriate care.

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Co-Occurring Substance Use, Crisis Systems, Law Enforcement, Mental Health

Site Snapshot: How Five Jurisdictions Are Rethinking Crisis Response with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Six months after the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) transitioned to a national 988 dialing code for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, call takers have directly connected hundreds of thousands of people…

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Co-Occurring Substance Use, Crisis Systems, Law Enforcement, Mental Health

Apply Now to Join a National Program for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Learning Sites

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is seeking applicants to join the nationwide Criminal Justice-Mental Health…

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Co-Occurring Substance Use, Correctional Facilities, Crisis Systems, Mental Health

President Biden Signs Spending Bill Funding Key Criminal Justice Programs

On December 29, 2022, President Joe Biden signed a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package for Fiscal Year 2023. Among other administration priorities, the omnibus spending bill funds various state and local justice system grant programs…

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Co-Occurring Substance Use, Correctional Facilities, Crisis Systems, Law Enforcement, Mental Health

Congress Approves the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act

With unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act of 2022 yesterday, officially approving the legislation sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representatives…

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Co-Occurring Substance Use, Correctional Facilities, Crisis Systems, Law Enforcement, Mental Health

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