CIT in Action
March 2008: Vol. 3, Issue 3
Feature Story: Criminal Justice Leaders Develop Plan to Transform Florida’s Mental Health System
Contributor: Laura Usher
In response to a crisis in
The report argues persuasively that, in the absence of an adequate system of
The proposal argues for evaluating people receiving mental health services for a history of justice involvement, and those with certain factors that make them at risk for justice involvement – including a history of repeated use of crisis services, co-occurring substance abuse, and history of treatment non-compliance. Once identified, these groups would receive targeted treatment and services designed to avoid future justice involvement. For those coming out of jails, prisons and psychiatric hospitals, services would involve in-reach prior to release, and coordination of housing,
The plan calls for a 6 year, phased roll-out, during which Integrated Specialty Care Networks (ISCN) would be developed. ISCN’s would employ highly-qualified providers to deliver targeted services to people with a history or risk of justice involvement. In the first two years, implementation would be limited to three sites, with no more than a 1000 participants per site. Over the course of implementation, the goal would be to serve about 25,000 annually.
The report proposes to fund these efforts through Medicaid, and through general funds from the Department of Children and Families. The justices propose maximizing enrollment in Medicaid and SSI/SSDI using promising practices that increase the initial acceptance rates for applications. In addition, they suggest recalling $48 million currently contracted to invest in forensic competency restoration, and investing that money instead in preventive services.
The report also offers a vision for how
The report calls for effective services for youth involved in juvenile justice, foster care and child protective services. Because children involved in all of these systems experience significant emotional problems and are especially vulnerable, the justices propose a coordinated response designed to address mental health needs and reduce the risk of later justice involvement. The justices
Because mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders underlie so many of the cases in criminal, family, juvenile justice and other courts, the justices call for judges to be educated on mental illnesses and the mental health system. They also call for further education throughout the judicial system, including for lawyers and court personnel. Finally, the report calls on judges to take a leadership role in the creation of
The Florida Supreme Court’s report on transforming the mental health system presents a powerful vision for future action. The combined efforts of stakeholders across
Advocacy Spotlight: State Legislation Related to CIT
State Legislation Related to CIT
Currently, there are no state laws mandating CIT programs. However, a few states have taken legislative steps to recognize or fund CIT or other specialized police training programs. A
Tip: If you need assistance in your state advocating for legislation related to CIT or other criminal justice issues, contact the
News and Announcements
Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces 2008 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Grants
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, has released its solicitation for fiscal year 2008 applications for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grants. Grant applicants should demonstrate that their programs increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaborations that improve responses to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. Types of grants include Planning, Planning and Implementation, and Implementation and Expansion. For more information, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance website. To apply for this and other
SAMSHA Announces 2008 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Grants
The Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2008 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program - Priority to Veterans grants. The purpose of this program is to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications is May 8, 2008.
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves MIOTCRA Reauthorization
On March 6th, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act (MIOTRCA). The bill, which has already passed the House of Representatives, will now go before the full Senate. MIOTCRA authorizes funding for grants programs through the Bureau of Justice Assistance which
Kansas Public Radio Story on CIT Features NAMI
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