North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (above left) became the latest governor to join the Face to Face initiative, a national call to action that encourages policymakers to personally engage with the people who are closest to the correctional system. The governor and First Lady Kathryn Burgum met with Fargo resident Jyssica Noble (above right) to learn about her struggles with substance addiction and her experience in Free Through Recovery, a statewide program that provides recovery support services for people in the criminal justice system who have behavioral health needs.
Partnerships among law enforcement, courts, pretrial services agencies, drug courts, and community-based service providers can help divert people from criminal justice involvement to treatment, which can improve both public safety and health outcomes.
The Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative is a partnership of The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. It is being funded by Janssen Charitable Contributions to create a community of judges and psychiatrists, increase the reach of trainings, and develop educational resources.