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Words to Deeds
Archives, 2003-Present
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
> 2016 Outcome Evaluation Report - recidivism of people released from state prison in fiscal year 2011-2012
> 2017 Outcome Evaluation Report - recidivism of people released from state prison in fiscal year 2012-2013
> Screening and Assessment of Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System
Provides knowledge on a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults in the justice system who have co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Discusses the importance of instrument selection for screening and assessing patients.
Safety and Justice Challenge
> Homepage
> White Paper: When Political Will is Not Enough: Jails, Communities and Persons with Mental Health Disorders
Stepping Up Initiative
> Toolkit for Counties
The National Association of Counties (NACo)
> Addressing Mental Illness and Medical Conditions in County Jails
Mentally Ill Offender Crime Reduction Grants (MIOCRG)
>Final Report, 2005
>MIOCRG Funding, 1999 - 2001
>MIOCRG Funding, 2007 - 2008
The GAINS Center
>Sequential Intercept Model (brochure)
>Practical Advice on Jail Diversion
California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)
>2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: Second Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans, July 2014

>2011 Public Safety Realignment Act: First Annual Report on the Implementation of Community Corrections Partnership Plans, June 2013
California Judicial Council

> California's Collaborative Justice Courts Report

CJC's Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues

>Summary of Task Force Final Report
>Full Final Report: Recommendations for Changing the Paradigm for Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System
>Mental Health Issues Implementation Task Force Meeting Schedule
Council of State Governments
>Justice Center
>Judges’ Leadership Initiative for Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
Public Policy Institute of California
>Corrections Bulletin
>Health Care for California's Jail Population
Mia Bird and Shannon McConville, Public Policy Institute of California, June 2014
The Center for Court Innovation (CCI), in collaboration with BJA, selected community courts in Dallas (TX), Hartford (CT), Orange County (CA), and San Francisco (CA) to serve as national resources, helping courts around the country to enhance procedural justice and promote the use of alternatives to jail where appropriate. For more information, visit
>CCI's web site
California Forward: Re-Evaluating the Role of CA Jail Systems as Health Care Providers
PublicCEO, September 2014
A Way Forward: Diverting People with Mental Illness from Inhumane and Expensive Jail into Community-Based Treatment that Works
ACLU of Southern California and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, July 2014
Give People with Mental Illness Treatment, Not a Jail Cell
Judge Steve Leifman, Miami Herald, May 17, 2014
Guns, Public Health and Mental Illness Report
The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, December 2013
When Did Prisons Become Acceptable Mental Healthcare Facilities?
Study published by Stanford University Law School, Three Strikes Project
Assessing Judicial Sentencing Preferences After Public Safety Realignment:
A Survey of California Judges

Robert Weisberg & Lisa T. Quan
DRAFT for review and comments at Stanford Law School, November 20, 2013
A Call for State Action:
Invest in Mental Health Services for Community Wellness
Senator Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tempore, May 6, 2013
Mentally Ill Juveniles in Local Custody: Issues and Analysis (pdf)
A resource paper developed by the California Corrections Standards Authority (CSA), June 2011
Costs of Incarcerating Youth with Mental Illness (pdf)
Edward Cohen and Jane Pfeifer, Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC) and the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA)
Juvenile Justice Reform: Realigning Responsibilities
Little Hoover Commission, July 2008
Navigating the Currents
A Guide to California's Public Mental Health System
State and County Collaboration: Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System, National Association of Counties
Mental Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Health and Prisoner Reentry: How Physical, Mental, and Substance Abuse Conditions Shape the Process of Reintegration, Kamala Mallik-Kane, Christy A. Visher
Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute, February 2008
Effectiveness of a Mental Health Court in Reducing Criminal Recidivism and Violence (pdf)
American Journal of Psychiatry, 2007
Dale E. McNiel, Ph.D.
Renée L. Binder, M.D.


Resources from the Words to Deeds X

Words to Deeds X Resources
Words to Deeds X Program
Words to Deeds X Speaker Bios
Words to Deeds X Report
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission Criminal Justice Report on Words to Deeds X

Presentations, Day 1
> Stepping Up and Best Practices - Mike Thompson
> The Correctional Program Checklist - Geoff Twitchell
> Precise Telehealth - Sheila Markham
> Mental Health and You - Kit Wall

Presentations, Day 2
> Data-Driven Decision Making - Mike Thompson

Presentations, Day 3
> The White House Data-Driven Justice Initiative - Claudia Williams
> Data-Driven Justice: HIPAA Guidance - Sherri Morgan
> Los Angeles County Data-Driven Justice Initiative - Mark Delgado
> Using Data: Designing Programs and Connecting Services in San Diego - Susan Bower
> Data Collection and the Stepping Up Initiative - Hallie Fader-Towe

HIPAA & Sharing Behavioral Health Information
> Guidance: "Minimum Necessary"
> Guidance: "May a covered entity collect, use, and disclose criminal justice data under HIPAA?"
> Blueprint for sharing behavioral health information from CA HealthCare Foundation
> Bureau of Justice Assistance Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit
> Information Sharing in Criminal Justice Mental Health Collaborations from CSG Justice Center
> US Department of Health & Human Services on HIPAA

Data Driven Justice
HIPAA Guidance, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

The Stepping Up Initiative
> Jail Diversion Committee Initial Recommendations, Santa Clara County
> Board of Supervisors Jail Diversion Recommendations, Santa Clara County
> Jail Diversion Implementation Plan, Santa Clara County

> The Homeless Court Program: Taking the Court to the Streets by Steve Binder
> San Diego Service Provider Toolkit
>Homeless Court at Stand Down: A Collaborative Effort to Assist Homeless Veterans, Strengthen Communities and Maximize Court Resources, Prepared by the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
>American Bar Association Homeless Court Programs Principles
> HUD-VASH Handbook
> San Francisco’s Veteran’s Justice Court
> Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists: Find your representative

VA’s prison outreach and reentry support program
> Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) Website

> HCRV Fact Sheet (pdf)

VA’s support for Veterans in jail, the courts, or interfacing with law enforcement
> Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Website 
> VJO Fact Sheet (pdf)
> A Structured Evidence Review to Identify Treatment Needs of Justice-Involved Veterans and Associated Psychological Interventions
> Justice-Involved Veterans and Employment: A Systematic Review of Barriers and Promising Strategies and Interventions
> A Second Chance for Justice-Involved Veterans (video)
In this 22-minute video the two initiatives of the Veterans Health Administration Veterans Justice Programs are highlighted.  Beginning with the comments of then VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the critical importance of the VA and its justice/community partners identifying and responding to all Veterans in the criminal justice system is emphasized.  Included is a detailed description of those services and benefits available to these Veterans aimed at addressing their unique needs, facilitating their positive reintegration into the community, and helping them break their cycle of justice system involvement.  VA and justice system leaders are featured, along with the compelling stories of three Veterans who have benefitted from VA’s targeted efforts.

FMHAC 2008