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The interface between the behavioral health and criminal justice systems is significant.

The increased involvement of people with mental illness or addiction disorders in the criminal justice system has become a serious problem. Law enforcement, courts, jails and prisons have joined with consumers and family members in addressing this troublesome situation. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) collaborates with these constituencies to identify issues and seek solutions. For example, as a result of OhioMHAS partnerships with county authorities, many individuals incarcerated in jails have connected with clinical treatment and/or pre-release care coordination services so they would be more likely to make positive life changes.