Words to Deeds
Archives, 2003-Present

> Screening and Assessment of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System
Provides knowledge on a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Discusses the importance of instrument selection for screening and assessing patients.

Safety and Justice Challenge
> Homepage
> White Paper: When Political Will is Not Enough: Jails, Communities and Persons with Mental Health Disorders

Stepping Up Initiative
> Toolkit for Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo)
> Addressing Mental Illness and Medical Conditions in County Jails

Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants (MIOCRG)
>Final Report, 2005
>MIOCRG Funding, 1999 - 2001
>MIOCRG Funding, 2007 - 2008

The GAINS Center
>Sequential Intercept Model (brochure)
>Practical Advice on Jail Diversion

California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)
>2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: Second Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans, July 2014
>2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: First Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans, June 2013

California Judicial Council
> California's Collaborative Justice Courts Report
CJC's Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues
>Summary of Task Force Final Report
>Full Final Report: Recommendations for Changing the Paradigm for Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System
>Mental Health Issues Implementation Task Force Meeting Schedule

Council of State Governments
>Justice Center
>Judges’ Leadership Initiative for Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Public Policy Institute of California
>Corrections Bulletin
>Health Care for California's Jail Population

Mia Bird and Shannon McConville, Public Policy Institute of California, June 2014

The Center for Court Innovation (CCI), in collaboration with BJA, selected community courts in Dallas (TX), Hartford (CT), Orange County (CA), and San Francisco (CA) to serve as national resources, helping courts around the country to enhance procedural justice and promote the use of alternatives to jail where appropriate. For more information, visit
>CCI's web site

California Forward: Re-Evaluating the Role of CA Jail Systems as Health Care Providers
PublicCEO, September 2014

A Way Forward: Diverting People with Mental Illness from Inhumane and Expensive Jail into Community-Based Treatment that Works
ACLU of Southern California and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, July 2014

Give People with Mental Illness Treatment, Not a Jail Cell
Judge Steve Leifman, Miami Herald, May 17, 2014

Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness Report
The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, December 2013

When Did Prisons Become Acceptable Mental Healthcare Facilities?
Study published by Stanford University Law School, Three Strikes Project

Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment: A Survey of California Judges
Robert Weisberg & Lisa T. Quan
DRAFT for review and comments at Stanford Law School, November 20, 2013

A Call for State Action: Invest in Mental Health Services for Community Wellness (pdf)
Senator Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tempore, May 6, 2013

Mentally Ill Juveniles in Local Custody: Issues and Analysis (pdf)
A resource paper developed by the California Corrections Standards Authority (CSA), June 2011

Costs of Incarcerating Youth with Mental Illness (pdf)
Edward Cohen and Jane Pfeifer, Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA)

Juvenile Justice Reform: Realigning Responsibilities
Little Hoover Commission, July 2008

Navigating the Currents
A Guide to California's Public Mental Health System

State and County Collaboration: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System, National Association of Counties

Mental Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Health and Prisoner Reentry: How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration, Kamala Mallik-Kane, Christy A. Visher
Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute, February 2008

Effectiveness of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Criminal Recidivism and Violence (pdf)
American Journal of Psychiatry, 2007
Dale E. McNiel, Ph.D.
Renée L. Binder, M.D.