SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer, National and Illinois 2016

This is the fourth edition of the Behavioral Health Barometer: Illinois, one of a series of State and national reports that provides a snapshot of behavioral health in the United States. The reports present a set of substance use and mental health indicators as measured through data collection efforts sponsored by SAMHSA, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This array of indicators provides a unique overview of the Nation’s behavioral health at a point in time as well as a mechanism for tracking change and trends over time. As new data become available, indicators highlighted in these reports will be updated to reflect the current state of the science and incorporate new measures of interest. The Behavioral Health Barometers will provide critical information to a variety of audiences in support of SAMHSA’s mission of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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Teleservices: Happening Now! Using Technology to Enhance Drug Treatment Courts

This fact sheet details the implementation of innovative teleservices programs in seven jurisdictions around the country. Teleservices refers to the use of communications technology, remote drug testing, web-based training, and other cutting-edge technologies to enhance the way treatment courts operate. The jurisdictions featured in this publication use teleservices to increase treatment court capacity, overcome treatment barriers, supervise participants, and provide training for staff. By demonstrating the effectiveness of teleservices in practice, these jurisdictions are setting an example for other courts to follow.

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Bridges to Justice: A Community Engagement Toolkit for Adult Diversion Programs

Adult Redeploy Illinois is a state initiative to reduce the number of non-violent offenders going to the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) by providing financial incentives to local jurisdictions to increase community-based supervision and services that are proven to reduce recidivism.

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Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit Offers Support to Law Enforcement Agencies

Launched in 2014, the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit (https://www.bjatraining.org/tools/naloxone/Naloxone-Background) includes sample data collection forms, standard operating procedures, law enforcement training guides, community outreach materials and memoranda of agreement — all of which have been used by other law enforcement agencies and can be downloaded by agencies and customized for re-use, according to Tara Kunkel, Senior Drug Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The site offers these resources in support of law enforcement agencies interested in developing naloxone programs.

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America’s Prisons are Failing. Here’s How to Make Them Work

The case for more action, less talk, on prison reform.

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Out of Site: The Growth of Jails in Rural America

This report and accompanying data visualization explores one of the Incarceration Trends project’s most startling revelations—that the main drivers of mass incarceration are small and rural counties, not major cities. Vera’s research identified two drivers of this trend: an increase in the number of people being held pretrial, and in the number of people being held for other authorities.

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The Other Victims of the Opioid Epidemic

A new report traces the origins of our opioid epidemic — at least 200,000 Americans have died from prescription drug overdoses — to a 1980 letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine in which the authors concluded “that despite widespread use of narcotic drugs in hospitals, the development of addiction is rare in medical patients with no history of addiction.” The conclusion led to widespread prescriptions of painkillers we now know are highly addictive.  But this article offers a unique perspective (2 pages).

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Restaurants Can Be a Lifeline for the Formerly Incarcerated – and Vice Versa

Organizations across the U.S. are fighting recidivism by introducing formerly incarcerated people to careers in restaurants and cooking, including teaching them “knife skills and life skills” while they’re still inside. It’s an industry in which ex-prisoners can seek quick, cash-based employment without facing significant discrimination, but it’s also one in which the long, nontraditional hours and access to alcohol can present challenges for those struggling to regain their footing.

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Emptying the New Asylums

In 2016, an estimated 90,000 US jail inmates were pretrial defendants with serious mental illness who had been found incompetent to stand trial (IST). IST services most commonly take place in state hospitals. Most state hospitals maintain waitlists of IST inmates because they do not have enough beds to meet demand. Waits are typically around one month but some are as long as a year. While the inmates wait, typically without treatment, they deteriorate, are often victimized and sometimes die.

Emptying the ‘New Asylums’: A Beds Capacity Model to Reduce Mental Illness Behind Bars reports the findings of a mathematical model built to project whether relatively modest selected changes to the status quo could break this logjam. Data from five sample states were used for to model the effect of three specific changes. Eight recommendations for state and federal lawmakers are proposed in response to the findings from modeling bed and waitlist.

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Bridges to Justice – Community Engagement in Adult Diversion Programs

Adult Redeploy Illinois has released a toolkit for adult diversion programs. It was designed to improve operation of ARI with a road map to strengthen the capacity and role of community in local programs. This document provides guidance on integrating community when planning or operating diversion programs, both in Illinois and nationally. Snapshots of ARI sites with robust community involvement are presented. Snapshots include program descriptions, challenges related to community involvement and strategies to navigate them, and how community involvement has enhanced programs.

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To Be Fair: Conversations About Procedural Justice

The Center for Court Innovation has published a book that offers interviews with dozens of practitioners who are working on the ground each day to rethink business as usual in the justice system. Research has shown that when defendants and other court users perceive the court process to be fair, they are more likely to comply with court orders and follow the law in the future—regardless of whether they “win” or “lose” their case.

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Reducing Substance Use Disorders & Related Offending: A Continuum of Evidence-Informed Practices in the Criminal Justice System

Over the past several decades, research and rigorous evaluation has provided insight on effective practices for individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and the importance of treatment to reduce criminal justice system involvement. By integrating evidence-informed practices, criminal justice agencies and communities can save lives and decrease costs associated deep-end criminal justice system and healthcare system involvement.

ICJIA researchers developed this continuum of evidence-informed practices to guide local-level assessment, planning, and implementation efforts to address SUD prevention and intervention.

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The Illinois Veteran Court Mandate: From Concept to Success

Illinois HB 5003 mandates that every circuit in Illinois develop a VTC and begin hearing cases by 2018. This mandate, combined with the certification requirement laid out by the Illinois Supreme Court, means that every circuit that currently lacks a VTC must divert scarce resources to creating this program. In rural communities, court resources are already stretched thin and the support infrastructure from non-profits that has made treatment courts successful throughout the country is less robust.

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A Cost-Benefit Tool for Illinois Criminal Justice Policymakers

The Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council has released a cost-benefit tool to measure effectiveness of Illinois Drug Courts as a part of their Summer 2016 Newsletter.

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New Mobile App to Support Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

In 2015, nearly 2.4 million Americans had an opioid use disorder and close to 80 percent of these individuals did not receive treatment.

MATx empowers health care practitioners to provide effective, evidence-based care for opioid use disorders. This free app supports practitioners who currently provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT), as well as those who plan to do so in the future.

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New Guide Helps Transition People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders From institutional Correctional Settings into the Community

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a new guide providing behavioral health, correctional, and community stakeholders with approaches for effectively transitioning people with mental or substance use disorders from institutional correctional settings into the community.

The new SAMHSA guide, Guidelines for Successful Transition of People with Mental or Substance Use Disorders from Jail and Prison: Implementation Guide, provides actual examples of successful strategies for transitioning people with mental or substance use disorders from correctional settings into the community.  The guide promotes the Assess, Plan, Identify, and Coordinate (APIC) approach to identifying various successful evidenced-based strategies that work across jurisdictional systems.

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Family Drug Court Guidelines

Structured Evidence Review on Treatment Needs of Justice Involved Veterans and Associated Psychological Interventions

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Lessons Learned: Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy

Produced with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the report describes how four law enforcement agencies used the principles outlined in Planning and Assessing a Law Enforcement Reentry Strategy to engage in local-level reentry partnerships in order to reduce crime and increase public safety in their jurisdictions.

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National Dialogue on Mental Health—Toolkit

In over 50 communities, planning has begun for the community conversations of the National Dialogue on Mental Health. The community conversations page at mentalhealth.gov describes the basic parameters for these events, and the online map at www.creatingcommunitysolutions.org shows the full range of places and organizations involved. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has also released a Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health to support communities interested in holding discussions about mental health using consistent information and approaches. The Toolkit has three parts: an “Information Brief,” a “Discussion Guide” and an “Organizing Guide.” These components will help communities and individuals start a conversation about mental health and help identify innovative and creative actions to meet the mental health needs of our Nation.

The toolkit is available at http://www.mentalhealth.gov/talk/community-conversation/index.html.

Six Steps to Improve Your Drug Court Outcomes for Adults with Co-Occurring Disorders

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CSG States Report Reductions in Recidivism 2012 (PDF)

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Key Components of Drug Courts

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Key Components of Mental Health Courts

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National Reentry Resource Center Newsletter

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NCSC Problem-Solving Justice Toolkit (PDF)

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The Potential of Community Corrections to Improve Safety and Reduce Incarceration

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An overview of the state of community corrections, the transformational practices emerging in the field (including those in need of further research), and recommendations to policymakers on realizing the full value of community supervision to taxpayers and communities.

Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards Volume 1 & 2

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Results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Presents results of a survey of illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use among people 12 years of age and older. Includes national estimates of the rates of use, trends, numbers of users, and other measures, such as youth-related prevention measures. Inventory#: SMA13-4795

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Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma: R U A Survivor of a Disaster or Other Trauma?

Uses text-message shorthand to offer college students tips for coping after a disaster or other traumas. Describes ways students can cope with anxiety, fear, and sadness after a disaster or traumatic event, and includes resources for more information. Inventory#: SMA13-4778

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NDCI and Justice For Vets Offer FREE Visit to a Mentor Adult Drug Court or Veterans Treatment Court

NADCP’s Justice For Vets is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted to participate in a one-day site visit to a mentor veterans treatment court. Mentor courts serve as model programs for individuals and court teams interested in starting a veterans treatment court or for established courts interested in learning innovative practices.

The Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Program is made possible through collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

Veterans Treatment Court Sites

  • 4th Judicial Circuit Duval County Veterans Treatment Court – Jacksonville, FL
  • 13th Judicial District Court – CAMO – Billings, MT
  • 4th Judicial District Veterans Trauma Court – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court – Buffalo, NY

To learn more and apply to visit one of these learning sites visit:  Click here to register >>

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer, National and Illinois 2013

This is the first edition of the Behavioral Health Barometer: Illinois, one of a series of State and national reports that provides a snapshot of behavioral health in the United States. The reports present a set of substance use and mental health indicators as measured through data collection efforts sponsored by SAMHSA, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This array of indicators provides a unique overview of the Nation’s behavioral health at a point in time as well as a mechanism for tracking change and trends over time. As new data become available, indicators highlighted in these reports will be updated to reflect the current state of the science and incorporate new measures of interest. The Behavioral Health Barometers will provide critical information to a variety of audiences in support of SAMHSA’s mission of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer, National and Illinois 2014

This is the second edition of the Behavioral Health Barometer: Illinois, one of a series of State and national reports that provides a snapshot of behavioral health in the United States. The reports present a set of substance use and mental health indicators as measured through data collection efforts sponsored by SAMHSA, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This array of indicators provides a unique overview of the Nation’s behavioral health at a point in time as well as a mechanism for tracking change and trends over time. As new data become available, indicators highlighted in these reports will be updated to reflect the current state of the science and incorporate new measures of interest. The Behavioral Health Barometers will provide critical information to a variety of audiences in support of SAMHSA’s mission of reducing the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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Casual Marijuana Use Link to Brain Abnormalities

Young adults who used marijuana only recreationally showed significant abnormalities in two key brain regions that are important in emotion and motivation, scientists report. The study was a collaboration between Northwestern Medicine® and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

This is the first study to show casual use of marijuana is related to major brain changes. It showed the degree of brain abnormalities in these regions is directly related to the number of joints a person smoked per week. The more joints a person smoked, the more abnormal the shape, volume and density of the brain regions.

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