At the International Symposium on Solitary Confinement, researchers and formerly incarcerated people made it clear that isolation causes severe and permanent damage.
A new lawsuit claims Black Americans with mental illness are being forced into traumatic emergency room stays.
Traditional efforts in treatment for mental illness and substance use disorder for justice-involved individuals has been concentrated on providing tools and training for criminal justice professionals and was expensive and ineffective. Re-focusing on providing knowledge, skills, and training about justice-involved individuals to behavioral health providers helps them to provide community-based services to this population effectively and at reduced cost.
The overrepresentation of people with serious mental illness in the criminal justice system is a complex problem. A long-standing explanation for this phenomenon, the criminalization hypothesis, posits that policy changes that shifted the care of people with serious mental illness from psychiatric hospitals to an underfunded community treatment setting resulted in their overrepresentation within the criminal justice system.
LGBTQ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness than their straight and cisgender peers. True Colors United has created an online COVID-19 Action & Resource center providing the most up-to-date resources for LGBTQ youth and adults experiencing homelessness. They include resources for folxs working in the field, advocates, and people needing support.