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 About Mecklenburg County’s Criminal Justice Services SOAR Initiative  By Dazara Ware, MPC, SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Center Getting Started with SOAR In 2017, Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Services (CJS) in North Carolina was awarded technical assistance through the SAMHSA SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center. SOAR is a… Read More


CIT Model Program Selected Sites

Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) has selected four sites to participate in the Crisis Intervention Training Model Project. Selection was made after a competitive application process managed by PRA. The Crisis Intervention Training Model project is part of a larger program within the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring… Read More


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This article is part of a GAINS Center series on promoting race equity in behavioral health and justice outcomes. Read Part 4 here. By Alice Chasan In Oregon, as elsewhere in the country, the disproportionate involvement of people of color in the criminal justice system has remained a serious civil rights and public health concern. Civil… Read More


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By Robert Sullivan, Director, Johnson County’s Department of Corrections Leveraging a University Partnership In May 2016, Johnson County partnered with the University of Chicago’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Fellowship to develop a predictive analytics model that would promote intergovernmental opportunities for cross-system cooperation and coordination while increasing our ability to proactively connect individuals… Read More


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  By Tamra Oman, Human Resources Program Coordinator and Recovery Support Specialist, Wisconsin Resource Center Tamra Oman, Human Resources Program Coordinator and Recovery Support Specialist at the Wisconsin Resource Center, shared her reflections on her participation in the Peer Support in Criminal Justice Settings Curriculum Development Workshop. In this Workshop, attendees were tasked with developing… Read More


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This article is part of a GAINS Center series on promoting race equity in behavioral health and justice outcomes. Read Part 3 here. By the Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council Four years ago, Multnomah County, Oregon was at the beginning of a critical and challenging process. The County’s Local Public Safety Coordinating Council—a collaboration… Read More


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By Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.1,2, Amanda NeMoyer, J.D., Ph.D.1,3, Marie Fukuda, B.M.1, Jill Rosenthal, M.P.H.4, Najeia Mention, B.A.4, Gilberto Perez, Jr., M.S.W., A.C. S.W 5 , Deborah Delman, B.S.6, Valeria Chambers, C.P.S., Ed.M.6, Catherine Quinerly, C.P.S., C.P.R.P.6 This article is part of a GAINS Center series on promoting race equity in behavioral health and justice outcomes.… Read More


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By Robert Sullivan Editor’s Note: The following article explains how one jurisdiction has incorporated the Brief Jail Mental Health Screen into its jail intake process to more comprehensively identify and serve people with mental illness coming into the County jail. Criminal Justice Coordinator Robert Sullivan provides a first-hand account of their work: Like so many… Read More


Law Enforcement and Community_ Crisis Intervention Training Model

Applications are now being accepted for the Law Enforcement & Community: Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)  Model Program, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance VALOR Initiative. U.S. law enforcement agencies are encouraged to apply by April 20! Download the Solicitation Read the Solicitation Frequently Asked Questions (updated April 16, 2018) U.S. law enforcement agencies are… Read More


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By Heather Kugelmass, Ph.D. This article is part of a GAINS Center series on promoting race equity in behavioral health and justice outcomes. Read Part 1 here. Tyrone Tyrone Booker was experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Overcoming inhibitions to see a psychotherapist, he left voicemail messages for 80 therapists in his city who were… Read More