Peer support specialists are often asked to draw on their lived experience with behavioral health conditions and criminal justice involvement to support participants of behavioral health-criminal justice programs. This experience allows them to offer inspiration and model positive behaviors, as well as connect people to needed supports and lead recovery groups, among other benefits. At the same time, implementation challenges can limit their effectiveness. The Council of State Governments Justice Center interviewed peers who work with three Justice and Mental Health Collaboration grantee programs to better understand how to overcome these challenges. This brief highlights four key strategies gleaned from these interviews, which can be used to advance the work of peer support specialists.
This resource contains strategies for funding and sustaining local crisis systems, with a focus on ensuring that systems are effective and equitable.
The CSG Justice Center and CSH are hosting a three-session virtual Community of Practice (CoP) focused on strategies that local justice and housing system leaders can use to collaboratively increase housing options for people with complex behavioral health needs leaving incarceration and/or diverted from the justice system.
With input from associations, researchers, and stakeholders, the Council of State Governments Justice Center created the Criminogenic Risk and Behavioral Health Needs Framework.
This webinar provides an overview of how court-based programs (e.g., problem-solving courts) can effectively address the needs of participants with both mental health and substance use disorders.