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Pennsylvania Launches First-in-Nation Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center Focused on Helping Counties Reduce Number of People in Jail with Mental Illnesses

“This problem has been decades in the making, but it’s also solvable if we take a systems-wide approach,” said John Wetzel (pictured above), secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Corrections and chair of the CSG Justice Center Board of Directors. “In order to get there, we need to understand approaches that work, create a roadmap for success, and track our progress. Achieving those goals is exactly what the Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center is designed to support, and I’m proud that Pennsylvania is the first to launch something like this.” Read more.
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Update! 2017 Crime Data Now Included in 50-State Report

The CSG Justice Center has released an updated version of the 50-State Report on Public Safety that includes 2017 crime and arrest data. The report couples these data with the latest research on strategies that work to improve public safety in addition to offering more than 100 examples of public safety innovations drawn from every state in the country. With 3 core goals, 12 strategies, and 37 action items, the report provides a playbook that policymakers can customize to tackle the issues most relevant to their communities.
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Nonprofit and Law Enforcement Partners Releases Free Mental Health Training Series to Guide Police Departments Across the Country

Mental health calls are among the most complex calls for law enforcement officers to resolve when working in the field. To address some of the challenges officers face when taking these calls, The Guidance Center—a nonprofit child and family mental health service provider offering comprehensive mental health care to children and families in four California communities—recently launched a new series of web-based training modules to provide officers with effective tools for readily recognizing signs of mental illness and interacting with people who may be in crisis.

Funding and Other Opportunities

Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults With Serious Mental Disorders Program
SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services
Deadline: Dec. 21
 
Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) State Education Agency Grants
SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services
Deadline: Dec. 24
Statewide Consumer Network Program
SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services
Deadline: Dec. 24
 
Thinking For A Change Facilitator Training
National Institute of Corrections
Deadline: Rolling
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Publications and Resources

Infographic: The Importance of Implementing Risk and Needs Assessments Successfully
CSG Justice Center

National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction
CSG Justice Center

Building and Sustaining an Officer Wellness Program: Lessons from the San Diego Police Department
DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services Office
Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment in Oregon: Overview CSG Justice Center

Reconciliation between Police and Communities: Case Studies and Lessons Learned
National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Using the Sequential Intercept Model to Guide Local Reform: An Innovation Fund Case Study
Urban Institute
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Upcoming Events

NCTI Facilitator Certification Training to Deliver Cognitive Behavior Change Curricula
American Probation and Parole Association and the National Curriculum and Training Institute
Dec. 3–7, Harrisburg, PA
 
Sixteenth National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime
DOJ Office for Victims of Crime
Dec. 5–7, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation, CA
Webinar: Key Measure #4–Reducing Recidivism for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails 
Stepping Up Initiative
Dec. 12, 2–3:15 p.m. ET

2019 National Mentoring Summit
MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership
Jan. 31–Feb. 1, 2019, Washington, DC
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In the News

State Leaders Launch Oregon Project to Improve Mental Health Outcomes
The Statesman Journal–Oregon

Mental Health Experts Consider More Psychiatric Beds
Santa Barbara Independent—California
 
Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care
The Associated Press—National
 
In Prison, Discipline Comes Down Hardest On Women
NPR—National
 
Opinion: And Justice for All—What Works at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice
National Council for Behavioral Health—National
Workshop Highlights Mental Health and Substance Disorders in Jails
Scotts Bluff Star-Herald—Nebraska

More Women Are behind Bars Now: One Prison Wants to Change That
The Marshall Project—Connecticut

Franklin (OH) Encouraged by Early Results of New Addict-Assistance Program
Dayton Daily News—Ohio
 
Milwaukee Nonprofit Offers Ex-Offenders Support, Resources
The Associated Press—Wisconsin
 
Butler County Honoring Those Who Help Mentally Ill, Addicts
Journal-News—Ohio
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This project was supported by Grants No. 2016-MU-BX-K002 and 2016-MU-BX-K003 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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