Reforming Criminal Justice, Policy, and the Mental Health System

Reforming Criminal Justice, Policy, and the Mental Health System

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Join us for a discussion on how the criminal justice and mental health systems can work together to identify innovative solutions.

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A large share of those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders get caught up in the criminal justice system often with tragic results. There are better ways, including the implementation of diversion programs that create partnerships between mental health, social service providers and the criminal justice system.

Diversion programs are initiatives in which persons with mental health conditions who are involved with the criminal justice system are redirected from traditional criminal justice pathways to mental health and substance use treatment systems and supports. These programs are often cost-effective and transform the lives of those they touch. This virtual event will explore how the justice system and mental health and social supports can work together to identify more equitable paths to recovery and reentry into society.

To inform this discussion, please watch for free The Definition of Insanity (viewing link) – a documentary that explores a new model in Miami-Dade County, Florida for solving the mental health crisis in the criminal justice system.

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