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COMIO Releases 2017 Annual Report

January 4, 2018

The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders (COMIO) recently released their 16th Annual Report to the legislature. This report is published annually to provide subject matter expertise to the administration, the legislature, and external stakeholders and inform policy development. Since 2001 COMIO, a 12-member Council chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), has been engaged in efforts to promote early intervention, access to effective treatments, planned re-entry and the preservation of public safety, to end the criminalization of individuals with mental illness.

The Report examines behavioral health care and the justice-involved, including current promising programs to prevent incarceration and effectively expand the workforce in a cost-effective way. Topics included in the report are:

  1. Behavioral healthcare and the justice-involved.
  1. Building the capacity of the behavioral health workforce to reduce the incarceration of individuals with behavioral health challenges.
  1. California counties and promising programs to prevent incarceration.

For a copy of the report and more information about COMIO please visit their website.

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