The Commonwealth Consortium For Mental Health/Criminal Justice Transformation
State and national surveys show that 16 percent of all jail inmates have some form of mental illness. Findings also suggest that persons with mental illness are far too often subject to arrest and incarceration in Virginia for minor “nuisance” offenses related to their symptoms, and that many jail inmates with mental illness do not receive adequate mental health treatment in our jails, or when they return to the community. This lack of treatment access can lead to continuing acute illness or relapse, as well as engagement in criminal activity, including violent acts.
On January 28, 2008, Governor Timothy M. Kaine, signed Executive Order 62 which established the Commonwealth Consortium for Mental Health/Criminal Justice Transformation. On October 22, 2009, the Governor, signed Executive Order 98 (2009) which continues the Commonwealth Consortium for Mental Health/Criminal Justice Transformation through June 30, 2011.
The Consortium is tasked with the development of a comprehensive approach to address the challenging needs of individuals with mental illness in the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system. Under the leadership of the Secretaries of Health and Human Resources and Public Safety, the Consortium was developed to provide representation from the three branches of government, dozens of state agencies and statewide organizations, serving as partners, members and advisors to the Consortium.The Consortium has hosted two statewide meetings and seen the development of multiple programs and processes for creating positive systems change. Communities throughout Virginia have participated in local Cross Systems Mapping and Action Planning Workshops; there are dozens of localities participating in Crisis Intervention Team programs and over 1000 officers have completed the 40 hour CIT training; dozens of new criminal justice and mental health jail diversion and treatment initiatives are identifying, intervening and impacting people with behavioral health issues and enhancing systemic response to better utilize resources and improve individual outcomes.
CONSORTIUM EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP MEETING OCTOBER 22, 2009:
On October 22, 2009, representatives from member organizations participated in day long Executive Leadership Meeting. Key goals of this meeting included providing updates on the work of the Consortium to date, consumer presentations, budget updates and planning breakout sessions for attendees. Key documents from this meeting, including the agenda, presentation powerpoints and breakout session notes can be accessed by clicking on the following links:
- Presentation - Dr. Reinhard
- Presentation - Victoria Cochran
- Notes from Breakout Group 1 (Ellen Harrison – Facilitator; Victoria Cochran – Scribe)
- Notes from Breakout Group 2 (Facilitators: Robert Gardella, Linda Weismann)
- Notes from Breakout Group 3 (Facilitated by Jim Morris)
Executive Order 98 (2009)
GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRANSFORMATION:
The first major training conference of the Consortium, the Governor's Conference for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation, was held May 13 - 14, 2008, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Click here for agenda information (pdf). A key goal of the conference was to assist localities with initiating or furthering their community planning for jail diversion and improved services for individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system.
Each Virginia community services board worked jointly with the community criminal justice board and community corrections office in their locality to select a team of representatives to attend the training. Each team could have included: a General District Court judge, a commonwealth’s attorney, a public defender or indigent defense counsel, the jail superintendent or sheriff, the locality’s chief of police (in localities with police and sheriff’s departments), the local community corrections director, and the CSB Executive Director.
- CIT 2012 Inventory Survey Report and Analysis
- Executive Order 62
- Department of Criminal Justice Services
- King County Report 2008 - A Review of Community Supervision of Dangerously Mentally Ill Offenders
- Norfolk MH Court Final Report (06-21-08)
- Report of the Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments (02-07)
- Research Handout NYS Mental Health-Criminal Justice Panel Recommendations (06-08)
GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRANSFORMATION CONFERENCE MATERIALS:
Use of the Sequential Intercept Model as an Approach to Decriminalization of
People With Serious Mental Illness - Mark R. Munetz, M.D. and
Using The Sequential Intercept Model to Plan for Diversion - Patty Griffin,
- The Jericho Project: Post-booking Jail Diversion for Persons With Serious Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders - Stephen C. Bush, Supervising Attorney/Special Litigation, Shelby County Public Defender System
The Maryland Model: What Happens When Mental Health and Corrections Collaborate
- Joan Gillece, Ph.D., NASMHPD and Steven Williams, Warden
- Mental Health Criminal Justice Committee – Leslie Weisman, LCSW, Client Services Entry Supervisor, Behavioral Healthcare Division and Winston Marcus, Director of Probation, Arlington Community Corrections Unit
Transforming Florida’s Mental Health System: Constructing a Comprehensive and
Competent Criminal Justice/Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment System –
Judge Steve Leifman, Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health,
Supreme Court of Florida
- Hope and Recovery - Sandi Heuisler
- Facilitating MH Treatment for Jail Inmates: Western State Hospital & HPR 1 Jail
Management Program – Robert Gardella, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical
Psychiatry, UVA/WSH Forensic Unit and Ellen Harrison, LPC, HPR I Regional
- Available Criminal Justice/Mental Health Online Resources
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