Each month, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center releases a monthly newsletter in coordination with Policy Research Associates. These newsletters contain Q&A interviews with subject-matter experts, a program spotlight, new publications, announcements, resources, and the latest news in the field.

This content seeks to enrich and provide up-to-date information on the GAINS Center’s work to expand access to services for people with mental and/or substance use disorders who come into contact with the adult criminal justice system. Monthly issues focus on a broad range of communities, including but not limited to incarcerated or formerly incarcerated Black, Latino, Indigenous, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander people, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and women.

View our past issues to learn more. Back issues are posted once they are released.


  • January: No issue released in January 2022
  • February: Q&A with Courtney Collier, Telehealth Coordinator, Pathways; Two Sides to Every Bench, Utilizing Trauma-Informed Court Practices to Promote Dignity and Reconciliation; Announcing Awards for SAMHSA’s GAINS Center’s 2022 Trauma-Informed Responses Train-the-Trainer Event and Sequential Intercept Model Mapping Workshop
  • March: Q&A with Robin Ledford, Clinical Director, Restorative Justice Program, Families Free; Natural Supports Perspective Series: Adult Child of a Parent That Is Incarcerated; Planting Justice Programs: Sowing Seeds of System Transformation and Community Growth
  • April: Q&A with Karen Fortuna, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College, Co-creator of the Digital Peer Support Certification; Natural Supports Perspectives Series: Caregiving for a Sibling with Traumatic Brain Injury and Justice Involvement; The Right Response at the Right Time: The Albuquerque Community Safety DepartmentLeads with Community
  • May: Q&A with Sandra Smith, PhD, Peer Programs Manager, Via Hope; Natural Supports Perspective Series: Godparent of a Formerly Incarcerated Nephew with SUD; The Minnesota Prison Doula Project: Providing Care and Community for Pregnant Individuals in Prison and Jail
  • June: Q&A with Philip Cooper, CPSS, CHW, Inspire Coordinator, Appalachian Regional Commission; Texas Initiative Aims to Reduce the Wait for Inpatient Competency Restoration Services; SAMHSA’s GAINS Center’s 2022 Individual Trauma Training Awardees
  • July: Q&A with Don Caballero, Academy Program Director, Prison Fellowship Academy Program; Benevolence Farm: Helping Formerly Incarcerated Women Heal and Move Forward; Sobering Centers Offer Low-Barrier Alternative to Jail or Emergency Rooms
  • August: Q&A with David Johnson, Policy and Research Liaison at Grassroots Leadership, Reentry Peer Specialist, Peer Support Recovery Specialist, Mental Health Care Specialist; Forward Training Center: Helping People Build a Life of Purpose through Career Development; A Closer Look at SAMHSA’s GAINS Center’s Sequential Intercept Model Mapping Workshop 2022 Awardees
  • September: Q&A with Willie Lockett, CEO/Founder, Urban Equity Group, LLC; Correctional Education as a Path to Opportunity and Hope; Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico: Support, Community, and Connection for Transgender Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System
  • October: Q&A with Ambi Daniel, Director of Family Support Navigation Services, Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc.; Camp Hope Brings Low-Barrier Housing to Southern New Mexico; GAINS Center Learning Collaboratives: Supporting Communities to Better Serve Individuals with Mental and Substance Use Disorders in the Criminal Justice System
  • November: Q&A with The Honorable Jeffry R. Smith, Spokane County District Court, Mental Health Therapeutic Court, and DUI Therapeutic Court; Lone Star Justice Alliance: Promoting Trauma-Informed, Age-Appropriate Responses to Emerging Adults; Strategies for Post-release Housing for People with a Sex Offense Conviction


  • January: Q&A with Representative Tarra Simmons, JD; Leveraging the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) to Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; 2021 Trauma-Informed Responses Train-the-Trainer and SIM Mapping Workshop Sites Selected
  • February: Q&A with Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD; Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s Welcome Home Program: Using Native Practices to Promote Healing; Meeting Health Needs at Reentry: North Carolina’s FIT Program
  • March: Q&A with Cheryl Gagne, ScD; Changing Lives—and the Justice Process— through Collaborative Tribe-County Treatment Courts; From Reentering the Community to Establishing a Reentry Project: Susan Burton’s A New Way of Life Reentry Project
  • April: Q&A with Janie Marsh Gullickson; Prison Yoga Project: Creating Access to Healing and Recovery; Community of Practice 2020 Recap: Competence to Stand Trial/Competence Restoration
  • May: Q&A with Neil Campbell, M.S.; Asian Prisoner Support Committee Supports Trauma Recovery and Healing in Prison and Reentry through Cultural Restoration; Meeting Needs and Reducing Recidivism: Washington’s Offender Reentry Community Safety Program
  • June: Developing an Equity Lens in Criminal Justice Practices; CJCares Community Paramedics: Reducing Frequent Emergency Service Use by Connecting High Utilizers to Appropriate Care Services; Q&A with Elena Kravitz, CPRP
  • July: Q&A with Victoria Westbrook; LGBTQ+ Individuals at the Intersection of Mental Health and Criminal Justice; Advocating from Experience: Peers Serving the Legal Needs of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated People
  • August: Q&A with Mark Restivo; Promoting Access to Justice through Trauma-Informed Courts; More than Books: New Jersey Libraries Provide a Fresh Start for Returning Citizens
  • September: Q&A with Sarai Cook, Esq., Serving Indigenous People through Ceremony and Tradition; Transportation after Incarceration: Where the Rubber Meets the Road for Sustainable Reentry
  • October: Q&A with David Lund; Reducing Collateral Consequences through Technology: Two Case Examples; Peers and Volunteers Supporting Recovery: Mountain Top Cares Coalition Battles the Opioid Epidemic in Rural New York
  • November: Q&A with Leandru Willie; Healing Old and New Wounds: Indigenous Mental Health, Culturally Responsive Treatment, and the Criminal Justice System; Program Spotlight: The National Sobering Collaborative on Sobering Centers
  • December: Q&A with Kristin Schillig; Make It Mobile: Brandywine Counseling and Community Services Meeting People Where They Are; Best of 2021: Staff Picks; Apply Today: Criminal Justice Learning Collaboratives