CSAC Bulletin Article

New Public Health Meets Public Safety Data Tool- Available Now

June 22, 2023

In California, policymakers are using data to inform efforts that reduce the number of people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system. As part of this innovative work, the Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) commissioned the development of a research-based framework to help stop what is often referred to as the “revolving door” of involvement in the justice system. This first-of-its-kind effort marks a significant step toward data-driven policymaking in a notoriously complex subject—the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health.

CSAC is pleased to share that the Public Health Meets Public Safety (PH/PS) Data Visualization, which was produced under CCJBH’s contract with The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG), is now available on the CCJBH website alongside the  Final Report and Framework Report, which categorizes the drivers of justice system involvement for individuals with behavioral health needs into three domains: Community, Treatment Landscape, and Crisis Response.  Public Health Meets Public Safety aims to reduce the number of adults and young people with behavioral health needs in California’s justice system by marshaling data to inform policy decisions. Building on existing state and local data integration efforts, Public Health Meets Public Safety offers resources that support state, local, and community leaders in this shared goal.

This tool is the first step by the CSG Justice Center and CCJBH in their efforts to empower decision-makers and stakeholders with the knowledge needed to decrease California’s incarceration rates while improving public safety and health outcomes. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact Ryan at rmorimune@counties.org or Stanicia at sboatner@counties.org.

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