Introduction to Behavioral Health

Introduction to Behavioral Health provides a basic overview of behavioral health systems so that criminal justice and mental health professionals can share an understanding of the needs of their common clientele and ensure that treatment and court supervision are coordinated.

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Criminal Justice provides a basic overview of the criminal justice system for behavioral health professionals working in a mental health court to help them understand how the program is likely to impact their clients.

Module 1: Understanding Mental Health Courts

Module 1: Understanding Mental Health Courts introduces the mental health court program model and the existing research on the impact of mental health courts, and describes other programmatic and policy changes that are similarly designed to improve outcomes for justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses.

Module 2: Your Community, Your Mental Health Court

Module 2: Your Community, Your Mental Health Court identifies ways to tailor your mental health court program to your community’s unique needs and resources.

Module 3: The Mental Health Court Team

Module 3: The Mental Health Court Team describes who does what on the mental health court team, and provides suggestions for ensuring effective collaboration.

Module 4: Target Population

Module 4: Target Population helps new mental health court teams clearly define their target population in light of local priorities and resources.

Module 5: Designing Policies and Procedures for Program Participation

Module 5: Designing Policies and Procedures for Program Participation helps you design program policies and procedures that comply with relevant laws.

Module 6: Case Planning

Module 6: Case Planning describes the components of a participant’s case plan, including conditions of supervision and terms of an individual’s treatment plan.

Module 7: Facilitating the Success of Mental Health Court Participants

Module 7: Facilitating the Success of Mental Health Court Participants provides suggestions for mental health court team members for monitoring and interacting with program participants to increase their likelihood of meeting program requirements and progressing toward recovery.

Module 8: Launching and Sustaining Your Program

Module 8: Launching and Sustaining Your Program introduces strategies for successfully managing your program, including involving internal and external program stakeholders and collecting data to “make the case” for sustaining the program over the long term.