How to Help: When a Person with Mental Illness is Arrested
This guide, co-written by NAMI New York State and the Urban Justice Center, is designed to help New Yorkers with mental illness and others navigate the criminal justice system.
NAMI Maryland's guide to navigating the criminal justice system. The information in this book was written specifically for Maryland residents, but may be helpful for others as well.
A Guide to Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
This guide offers consumers and family members basic information about how to navigate the criminal justice system.
Mental Health Courts Reauthorization
On April 29, 2004 the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out of Committee S. 2107, a bill to reauthorize through 2009 federal funding of Mental Health Courts.
Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project
The Criminal Justice / Mental Health Consensus Project is an unprecedented, national effort coordinated by the Council of State Governments (CSG) to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illness who become involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the criminal justice system.
NAMI Calls for Action Following Report on Brutal Mistreatment of U.S. Prisoners With Mental Illnesses
NAMI, the Nationís Voice on Mental Illness, is calling for federal and state legislative action in conjunction with the release of a report by Human Rights Watch documenting mistreatment and neglect of individuals with mental illnesses in U.S. prisons.
The Federal Mental Health Courts Program
Congress passed America's Law Enforcement and Mental Health Project (P.L. 106-515) in 2000 in order to begin assisting states and communities across the nation in putting in place innovative approaches to diverting offenders into treatment programs and easing the growing burden on criminal justice and corrections systems. This new law authorizes the Justice Department to fund up to 100 such courts.
Mental Health Courts Survey
NAMI is pleased to announce the publication of the "Survey of Mental Health Courts," the first comprehensive assessment of mental health courts throughout the United States.
STATEMENT OF RON HONBERG ON BEHALF OF THE CAMPAIGN FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM REGARDING S. 1194, "THE MENTALLY ILL OFFENDER AND CRIME REDUCTION ACT OF 2003"
Our nation's jails and prisons have become "de-facto" psychiatric treatment facilities. Reducing the involvement of individuals with mental illnesses in criminal justice systems benefits not only those individuals but criminal justice systems and society as a whole.