Adults with Behavioral Health Needs Under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery
Source: The Council of State Governments Justice Center
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Mental Health Treatment, Recovery from Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders
With input from associations, researchers, and stakeholders, the Council of State Governments Justice Center created the Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework. The framework weaves together the science on risk and needs to provide an approach to achieve better outcomes for adults in contact with the criminal justice system with substance use disorders, mental illness, or both. The framework and supporting white paper are the result of many lively debates and extensive outreach. These products are intended to advance the national discussion about how to improve public safety and health for individuals with substance use and mental health disorders who are involved in the corrections system. To stimulate creative problem solving across the corrections and behavioral health care systems, the framework provides a common language to describe the populations these systems share. It is not a detailed “how to” guide, largely in recognition of the need to tailor responses to the distinct needs and capacity of particular jurisdictions.