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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Recipients Convene for Orientation and Training

To help federal grant recipients learn how to develop successful criminal justice and mental health collaborations, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center), with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau...

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State-Level Trainers Learn To Use the Mental Health Court Curriculum

Charged with supporting and providing technical assistance to problem-solving courts in their states, a group of state-level trainers came together last month for...

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Bexar County Awarded Grant to Provide Attorneys to People with Mental Illnesses

By the CSG Justice Center The Texas Indigent Defense Commission—chaired by Sharon Keller (pictured right), presiding judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—unanimously approved a $600,000 grant to be dispersed over four years for...

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RIDGE Project Among Grantees at NRRC Intensive Training Summit

Ron Tijerina entered Ohio state prison in 1991, sentenced to serve 14 to 25 years. His wife Cathy struggled to pay the bills, raise their two sons, and keep the family together. “We realized early...

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Turning Policy into Practice: One State’s Approach to Providing Behavioral Health Treatment for People on Supervision in the Community

After years of pursuing separate approaches to providing supervision and treatment, Kansas has become a national leader in providing integrated services to people on probation and parole who need mental health or substance use treatment....

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Salt Lake County Launches Study of Criminal Justice System

The Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) today announced plans...

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Launch of National Initiative Offers Counties Research-Based Support to Address Growing Mental Health Crisis in Jails

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Federal and state legislators, mental health advocates, and public safety officials came together in events across the country this month to help launch Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People...

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National Leaders Work to Improve Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Reentry

On February 4, 2014, national leaders in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Access to Treatment: Bringing NIATx to Corrections Project, a partnership between the Council...

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Criminal Justice Experts Join CSG Justice Center

A diverse group of criminal justice professionals from across the country have joined the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center as advisors, expanding the expertise of the organization in the support of its core...

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