Mental Health

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Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a leading legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Its precedent-setting litigation has outlawed institutional abuse and won protections against arbitrary confinement. In the courts and Congress, its advocacy has opened up public schools, workplaces, housing and other opportunities for community life. Its web site details various mental health issues, including advanced psychiatric directives, the criminalization of people with mental illnesses, and involuntary commitment, and also contains the Center’s newsletter and numerous other publications.

http://www.bazelon.org/

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California Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues: Final Report

Recommendations issued in April 2011 to the California Judicial Council for improving practices in cases involving offenders with mental illness, for ensuring the fair and expeditious administration of justice for offenders with mental illness, and for promoting improved access to treatment for litigants with mental illness.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/xbcr/cc/20110429itemo.pdf

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CASES – Nathaniel Project

The mission of CASES is to increase the understanding and use of community sanctions that are fair, affordable, and consistent with public safety. Its award-winning Nathaniel Project, launched in 1999, is an alternative-to-incarceration for mentally ill felony offenders operating in Manhattan Supreme Court.

http://www.cases.org/np_sub.html

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Council of State Governments – Mental Health

The Council of State Governments' Mental Health Tool Kit is designed to help state leaders address concerns with mental health care in their states.

http://www.csg.org/pubs/Documents/ToolKit05MentalHealth.pdf

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Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders With Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York

This study of two mental health courts in the Bronx and Brooklyn finds that mental health court participants are significantly less likely to re-offend than similar offenders with mental illness who experience business-as-usual court processing.

http://www.urban.org/publications

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Human Services Research Institute

Established in 1976, the Human Services Research Institute assists states and the federal government in enhancing services and supports to people with mental illness and people with mental retardation. Its site details its various programs, contains its newsletter, and offers a list of publications.

http://www.hsri.org/

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Judges’ Guide to Mental Health Jargon: A Quick Reference for Justice System Practitioners

A product of the Judges’ Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative, coordinated by the CMHS GAINS Technical Assistance and Policy Analysis Center for Jail Diversion and the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the Judges’ Guide to Mental Health Jargon is a resource for judges involved with criminal justice/mental health initiatives in their communities. It is a tabbed, quick reference guide to the mental health terms most often encountered in criminal justice settings.

http://www.prainc.com/the-judges-criminal-justicemental-health-leadership-initiative-references-for-justice-system-practitioners/

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Justice, Treatment and Cost: An Evaluation of the Fiscal Impact of Allegheny Mental Health Court

Published in March 2007, this is first study to look at the fiscal impact of a mental health court anywhere in the United States.

http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR439/#

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Mental Health Courts Program, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance administers this program in coordination with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, funding projects that mobilize communities to improve the way that adult and juvenile offenders with mental illnesses are treated. The program’s goal is to improve clients’ social functioning through stable employment, housing, treatment, and support services—thereby decreasing client contact with the criminal justice system. The site offers grant information and additional mental health court resources.

http://consensusproject.org/issue_areas/courts

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National Alliance on Mental Illness

Founded in 1979, the National Alliance on Mental Illness works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses. Its site is full of news and advocacy information, as well as general content about mental illness and public policy.

http://www.nami.org/

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National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the nation's public mental health system through policy development, information dissemination, and technical assistance. The site contains reports, technical papers, and other publications, along with technical assistance and policy information.

http://www.nasmhpd.org/

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National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead U.S. federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Its site has information on mental illnesses, grants and funding sources for researchers, clinical trials, its outreach program, and an extensive library of publications and other educational resources to help people with mental disorders, the general public, health care practitioners, and researchers gain a better understanding of mental illnesses.

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

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National Mental Health Association

Established in 1909, the National Mental Health Association is the U.S.'s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. Its information-rich site contains fact sheets, links, news releases, advocacy updates, and annual reports, along with a bookstore and affiliate directories.

http://www.nmha.org/

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was established by an act of Congress in 1992 to focus attention, programs, and funding on improving the lives of people with or at risk for mental and substance abuse disorders. In addition to information about mental illnesses and drug abuse—including research reports, surveys, and statistics listings—this government site contains funding information and program descriptions.

http://www.samhsa.gov/index.aspx

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The Judicial Branch of New Mexico's Problem-Solving Courts

On overview of problem-solving courts in New Mexico, including drug treatment courts and mental health courts.

https://pscourts.nmcourts.gov/

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