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Workshops Focus on Reentry and Community Corrections

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center is currently soliciting applications from communities interested in developing integrated strategies to better identify and respond to the needs of adults with co-occuring mental and substance use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system.

These workshops are designed to allow multidisciplinary teams of people from local jurisdictions to facilitate collaboration and to identify and discuss ways in which barriers between the criminal justice, mental health and substance use systems can be reduced and to develop integrated local plans. Jail administrators, state correctional agencies, community corrections, behavioral health treatment provider agencies and organizations, housing authorities, Social Security and Medicaid are essential participants in these workshops.

Additionally, SAMHSA’s GAINS Center will offer the SIM workshops free of charge in selected communities between January and August 2018. There are no fees for registration, tuition or materials associated with these workshops. The GAINS Center will pay all costs associated with pre- and post-workshop coordination, conference calls, and facilitator time and travel. To apply for a 2018 SIM workshop, please download the solicitation and submit a completed application form no later than November 10, 2017

Upcoming NACo Stepping Up Webinar and Network Call

The Stepping Up partners will host a webinar on Thursday, November 9 to discuss evidence-based strategies for addressing housing needs for people with mental illnesses who have had contact with the justice system. Stepping Up counties may be running into a common issue: the prevalence of homelessness among people with mental illnesses in jails and a lack of housing options for this vulnerable population in their communities.

This webinar will feature CSH’s FUSE model, which is a data-driven approach to creating and implementing supportive housing for high utilizers/frequent users of jails, shelters and other crisis services. County officials will share their processes and progress with implementing this model. The webinar will be followed up by the Stepping Up Network Call for a deeper dive on the same topic on Thursday, November 16. To register for the webinar and network call, please click here.

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