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SAMHSA Brief Provides Strategies for Rural Communities to Support Crisis Response and Pre-Arrest Diversion

This action brief from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides rural communities with recommended strategies for adapting promising or proven interventions to better support crisis response and pre-arrest diversion. It is the first of three briefs developed from the SAMHSA Pre-Arrest Diversion Expert Panel. The upcoming briefs will cover the role of hospital emergency departments and information sharing.

Report from Vera Institute of Justice Provides Blueprint to Replace Money Bail and Conviction Fees with Fair, Safety-Promoting, and Financially Stable Justice System

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The role that money—in the form of bail, fines, and fees—plays in criminal justice systems has come under increased focus. These practices have long been in place in New Orleans, driving jail incarceration and costing struggling families, most of them black, millions.

New Orleans is now taking the initiative to change by virtually eliminating money bail for municipal offenses and replacing all revenues the Criminal District Court would lose. The next step is to align court practices with this new system of funding to end money injustice and replace it with a fairer and safer system. This report sets out a blueprint to achieve that reality.

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SAMHSA Report Provides Updates on Evidence-based Practices, Screening and Assessment Instruments 

This revised edition of a report from SAMHSA provides information on a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system.

The report discusses the importance of instrument selection for screening and assessing patients. It is intended as a guide for clinicians, case managers, law enforcement, court personnel, researchers, and others who are interested in developing and operating effective programs for people with co-occurring disorders who are involved with the justice system.

Featured Events

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 82nd Annual Conference
July 28–31, Orlando, FL

2019 CIT International Conference
August 26–28, Seattle, WA

Featured Media Clips

One-Quarter of State Prison Admissions Are for Minor Parole and Probation Violations, Report Finds
The Washington Post | National
‘Wake-Up Call’ about Broken System: New Study Shows Failings of Probation, Parole
National Public Radio | National

Why Trauma-Informed Care Is Creating Hope for Kids in Wisconsin
WisContext | Wisconsin

Drug Court Program Gives Offenders a Second Chance | Florida

[Opinion] Veterans Court Program a Blessing
The Daily Independent | Kentucky

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