The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to provide training and technical assistance to state and local governments through a National Training and Technical Assistance Initiative to Improve Police-Based Responses to People with Mental Health Disorders and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This program furthers the Department’s mission to increase officer and public safety through support to state, local, and tribal police and law enforcement as first responders to calls for service and incidents involving people with mental health disorders as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Application Deadline: August 22,2017
While the five-year jail recidivism rate remains steady at 75%, implementing evidence-based behavioral health services continues to be a leading intervention that improves the likelihood of successful community reintegration for former inmates. With more than half of county jail inmates experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders (MH/SUD), solutions are needed to promote continuity of treatment for justice involved populations. Meanwhile, navigating the complexities of the fragmented criminal justice and healthcare systems can be challenging for providers who treat justice involved people living with MH/SUD. Long Acting Injectables (LAIs) are an innovative and evidence-based treatment delivery modality that are designed to address barriers to continuity and improve patient experience.
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 12:00 PM ET
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In 2012, Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield, Missouri identified a need to address the high cost and inefficiencies of current models of crisis intervention. They collaborated with partners to create a solution: utilizing tablets with internet access to connect law enforcement officers and individuals suspected of experiencing mental illness with Burrell’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline using SKYPE. The GAINS Center webinar will address the Virtual-Mobile Crisis Intervention model's promising early results—including diversion from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization or incarceration, engagement with behavioral health specialists, and time savings for law enforcement—and provide information on additional components of the effort, including officer training, data and outcomes monitoring, and the expansion of the program.
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm
The 2nd annual Stepping Up Ohio Summit brings together counties, stakeholders and other supporters who have made a commitment to reduce the number of people with mental illness cycling in and out of the jail system. The toll incarceration takes on these individuals and their families, as well as the costs assumed by taxpayers, is staggering. Jails have become de facto in-patient psychiatric facilities across the nation. At this conference, you will get an opportunity to hear from national and state officials about the impact the Stepping Up Initiative is having to date. In addition, a range of counties in Ohio will offer support and advice while reporting on their successes, challenges and best practices.
Location: Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm
FREE Event funded by the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation. Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) – sometimes known as “court-ordered outpatient treatment” or “outpatient commitment” – is the practice of placing individuals with severe mental illness and a history of struggling with voluntary treatment adherence under court order to follow a prescribed treatment plan while living in the community. Across the nation and here in Ohio, studies have shown that AOT can dramatically improve treatment outcomes and substantially reduce the likelihood of repeat hospitalization and criminal justice involvement for its target population.
Location: The Fawcett Event Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
Date/Time: November 2, 2017 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Columbus North Hotel, 6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH
Date: 10/12/2017 and 10/13/2017
Time: Registration begins at 7:30 am
Stepping Up Conference 2017
Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities: A Workshop for Public Defenders and Assigned Counsel
Stepping Up Together: Ohio Counties Meet for The Stepping Up Summit
Medicaid and the Jail Population Webinar
Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness Meeting: Ideas that Cost Nothing
Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness: Judge Leifman and Cindy Schwartz, Miami Dade County, Florida