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Based on information from the Consensus Project Report and interviews with dozens of successful advocates, the Handbook examines five crucial steps that should underlie any advocacy effort to reverse the over representation of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

This study reports findings from the 6 jail diversion programs (3 prebooking and 3 post-booking) participating in a federally-funded research initiative to assess the effectiveness of jail diversion programs for people with co-occurring disorders.

Discusses innovative means of finding financial support for diversion initiatives.

This report from the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health examines interventions for offenders with mental illnesses that improve public safety and upgrade public health practices.

This paper describes four prominent American problem-solving courts: community, domestic violence, drug, and mental health courts.

The goal of this project was to elicit ideas from some of the most respected criminal justice and mental health practitioners in the United States, to develop recommendations that reflect a consensus among seemingly opposing viewpoints, and to disseminate these findings widely so they can make the greatest possible impact on the criminal justice system’s response to people with mental illness.

This document provides specialty court staff an overview of the characteristics and needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders, and describes best practices associated with positive outcomes in treatment settings and the court.

This document offers decision makers and their staffs a basic understanding of the growing overlap between the criminal justice and mental health systems.

This report incorporates observations, interviews and continuing discussions with a number of officials and key actors in the nation’s first four mental health courts (Fort Lauderdale, Seattle, San Bernardino, and Anchorage).

This document identifies ten essential elements of mental health court design and implementation.

This brief summary from the national GAINS Center examines evidence for the effectiveness of ACT teams interacting with the criminal justice system.

Today, there are approximately 2 million people incarcerated in US prisons or jails; approximately 10 million people are booked into US jails over the course of the year. (Fact Sheet from Concensus Project)

Rates of criminal victimization among people with mental illness are extremely high.

Criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse systems that do not provide a coordinated response to individuals with serious mental illness end up using expensive public safety and emergency services to respond to some of those individuals.

People with mental illness are significantly overrepresented in jail.

Encounters between Law Enforcement and people with mental illness.

This report from the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health examines knowledge about evidence-based practices (the range of treatments and services of well documented effectiveness), as well as emerging best practices (treatments and services with a promising but less thoroughly documented evidentiary base), that can be widely circulated and used in a variety of mental health settings. Homepage:

This guide attempts to build on earlier experiences and evaluations of mental health courts to provide a roadmap for those interested in establishing a mental health court in their jurisdiction. Homepage:

This brief summary from the national GAINS Center examines the services interface between co-occurring disorders and the criminal justice system.

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