Tuesday, June 29, 2021

How States Can Support Local Crisis Systems. Council of State Governments


New Publications, Funding Opportunities, and more.

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INSIDE: Briefs on Using Trauma-Informed Restorative Justice with Youth and Mentoring Programs, Funding Opportunities, and On-going Support



Featured Publications


A Matter of Public Health and Safety: How States Can Support Local Crisis Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated deep-rooted systemic problems related to inequitable access to necessary care and services to address—and prevent—mental health crises in communities. This brief details five actions state policymakers can take to fund and sustain local crisis systems and provides case examples of how local crisis systems in two jurisdictions have achieved cost savings and positive outcomes.



Using Trauma-Informed Restorative Justice with Youth

Many jurisdictions have adopted restorative justice programs as a way to divert youth from juvenile justice system involvement. This brief describes how juvenile justice stakeholders can support restorative justice approaches to minimize youth involvement in the juvenile justice system and potentially address their behavioral health needs while also preserving public safety.



Federal Funding Opportunities


The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released three funding opportunities dedicated to enhancing community outreach, education, investigation, and prosecution of hate crimes. State, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecution agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible. The deadline is July 13, 2021. 
Apply today



FY2021 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Grants.gov Deadline: June 22, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: July 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

FY2021 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Training and Technical Assistance Program
Grants.gov Deadline: June 29, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: July 13, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

FY2021 Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Responses
Grants.gov Deadline: July 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: July 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

BJA FY2021 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: State-level Training and Technical Assistance Program
Grants.gov Deadline: July 06, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: July 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET

BJA FY2021 Preventing School Violence: BJA’s STOP School Violence Program
Grants.gov Deadline: August 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET
Application JustGrants Deadline: August 16, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET




Publications, Resources, and Support


Mentoring Programs for Youth: A Promising Intervention for Delinquency Prevention
National Institute of Justice
Research Roundup: Incarceration Can Cause Lasting Damage to Mental Health
Prison Policy Initiative
Treatment Court Practitioner Tool Kit: Model Agreements and Related Resources to Support the Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Utah’s 2017 Juvenile Justice Reform Shows Early Promise
The Pew Charitable Trusts

NASHP Policy Academy on Rural Mental Health Crisis Services: Request for Applications
The National Academy for State Health Policy

Decoupling Crisis Response from Policing — A Step Toward Equitable Psychiatric Emergency Services
The New England Journal of Medicine

How to Use Budget Advocacy to Drive Justice Reform
Vera Institute of Justice

Jail Population Review Teams
National Association of Counties

Leading a Bold Shift in Mental Health & Substance Use Care: Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Impact Report
National Council for Mental Wellbeing

The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection
International Association of Police Chiefs

Mental Health Professional Development Program
The American Psychiatric Association Foundation



Ongoing Support





Upcoming Events


[Webinar] Community Engagement: Planning and Ongoing Support for Community Responder Programs
CSG Justice Center
July 1

[Community of Practice Session 1] Housing Options for People with Justice Involvement
CSG Justice Center
July 29

[Community of Practice Session 2] Housing Financing Basics and Innovative Models
CSG Justice Center 
August 12

RISE21 Conference
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Aug. 15–18, National Harbor, MD
2021 Deflection and Pre-Arrest Diversion Training Summit
The Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative
Oct. 12–15, Chicago, IL

Taking the Call: A National Conference Exploring Innovative Community Responder Models
CSG Justice Center, and BJA
October 20-21



In the News


National Conference in Olathe Highlights Role of Mental Health Co-responders in Police Departments
KMBC 9—Missouri
How Prisons and Jails Might Function If Addressing Trauma Was a First Priority
Safety + Justice Challenge—National
Austin’s 911 Call Center Integrates Mental Health Call Crisis Diversion
Opinion: NJ Spends $445k a Year to Lock a Kid Up. We’ve Got a Better Idea.
NJ.com—New Jersey

Stakeholders Focus On Issues Plaguing Law Enforcement, Courts
News Tribune—Missouri
The Truth about Deinstitutionalization
The Atlantic—National

‘The Trauma Keeps Coming’: How Black Girls Grapple with Witnessing Police Violence
The 19th—National

 Opinion: Drug Laws Punish Already Traumatized Young Adults








This project was supported by Grants No. 2019-MO-BX-K002 and 2019-MO-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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