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Friday, April 05, 2019

WEBINAR: Mental Health Courts: Solving Criminal Justice Problems or Perpetuating Criminal Justice Involvement?

People with mental health conditions are disproportionately represented in America’s jails and prisons. An estimated 56 percent of state prisoners, 45 percent of federal prisoners, and 64 percent of jail inmates are reported to have a behavioral health condition. There are further disparities, such as for women and minority inmates, where the percentages of individuals with behavioral health issues are shockingly high.

While the public widely perceives people with mental health and substance use conditions as dangerous, the reality is that for most who are repeatedly arrested it is for petty offenses. One widely touted solution to this problem is the expansion of specialty Mental Health Courts.

Please join us for a free webinar, hosted by the Mental Health America Regional Policy Council, that will provide information about the characteristics of effective mental health courts, and offer information about best practices from both sides of the bench. We will also explore the questions surrounding public policies that move towards an increased reliance on the judicial system solutions.  

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