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MHSOAC and CSG Hosts Upcoming Online Workshop Series

March 4, 2021

In partnership with the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center will be hosting a series of online workshops in March & April for county teams interested in implementing/improving screening and assessment for behavioral health needs in jails. The first session, Identifying Goals and Tools for Behavioral Health Screening, will be held on Wednesday, March 10 from 12:00-2:30 pm.

The free workshops are designed for interdisciplinary county teams of three to five people, ideally including representatives from jail management and booking, jail mental health providers, county behavioral health, and the county administrative/executive office. Teams will get the most out of the workshops if they include both key decision-makers and personnel who are familiar with current operations. To ensure an interactive peer learning environment, this series of workshops will be open to the first seven counties that register with complete teams including jail and county behavioral health staff and commit to participating in all four sessions.

The virtual workshops will cover identifying goals and tools for the screening process, establishing a shared definition of serious mental illness, transitioning from screening to assessment, selecting assessment tools, and addressing barriers. Additional information about the series, which includes the registration link, is located here

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