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Breaking the Cycle: Forensic Staff Training for King County RSN Providers

King County MHCADSD / Criminal Justice Initiatives

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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This training, a Criminal Justice 101 (of the ADULT local-Seattle and King County criminal justice system), will involve many of MHCADSD’s criminal justice partners to represent and educate human services direct provider staff with accurate information from experts in both the criminal justice and human services systems.  These system experts will educate and equip you with the information and tools to effectively work with the criminal justice system at all levels.  Trainers include defense and prosecuting attorneys, Jail Health staff, probation and community corrections staff, specialty court staff/social workers and specialized veterans providers.

We will address many issues around human service provider interface with the criminal justice system, including:

  • Context and the Criminalization of the Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Systems Overview (State, County, Cities)
  • Basics of the Path of a Case in the Criminal Justice system (Arrest, Booking into Jail, Court, Probation)
  • Opportunities for Intervention
  • Accessing the Jail (Application, Jail Culture, Jail Health Services)
  • Mental Health Courts (eligibility, referring, working with probation), Veterans Treatment Courts and other specialty courts
  • Criminal Justice Information/Research (web-based, points of contact in the system) and How to Navigate

After completing the trainings, attendees will be invited to observe the Mental Health Courts, Drug Diversion Court and Veterans Treatment Courts.  You will be better able to understand the court processes and how to work with the courts.  You will also be invited to visit with jail release planning staff, tour the jail and visit a Department of Corrections office.  On-going technical assistance will be provided by a Jail Health Services Release Planner staff and MHCADSD CJI staff to assist your staff work with the criminal justice system, especially when complicated cases come up. 

Background This training evolved from the Recovery Incentive Ad Hoc workgroup around the incentive for seeing clients within 7 days of release from a King County jail. MHCADSD acknowledges that it takes more than just a jail visit to effectively work with our consumers who become involved in the criminal justice system.

This criminal justice training is for those staff designated by your agency to be the "Designated Forensic Staff" or jail liaisons [insert your agency's label here], to serve as the jail and criminal justice experts for your other clinical and case management staff.   As a forensic staff, you will become familiar with the various ways to make contact with consumers at the jail and with the staff designated to have jail access for face to face visits in jail.  In this training, you will gain the expertise to work with the broader criminal justice system to better advocate for and help clients navigate this complex system. 


Questions or more information, please contact:

Jesse Benet, M.A., LMHC
Program Manager
Criminal Justice Initiatives Project
King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division
401 5th Avenue, Suite 400, Seattle, WA  98104
P (206) 263-8956

Have questions about Breaking the Cycle: Forensic Staff Training for King County RSN Providers? Contact King County MHCADSD / Criminal Justice Initiatives

When & Where

Selig Room (entrance is from the outside of the building/do not use main entrance or go through security)
300 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Friday, September 20, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (PDT)

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