State Resources and Publications

Behavioral Health Unit Supports Collaboration and Accountability
Wayne County, MI Probate Court BHU collaborates with community stakeholders to improve its response to mental illness.

Super Session: National Judicial Task Force on Mental Illness
at the NACM Conference in Milwaukee, WI, July 10-14, 2022.

Top 10 Learning Points and resources presented at the 5th Judicial Summit on Mental Health in Texas, November 2-4, 2022.

vitAL Treatment Finder App
VitAL is a trusted partnership between Alabama state agencies and the University of Alabama School of Social Work that aims to improve the lived experience of Alabamians with mental health, substance use, and trauma-related challenges..

Behavioral Health, the Bench, and Beyond: Second edition
The Illinois Supreme Court’s Mental Health Task Force (Task Force) released this second edition to celebrate its progress leading up to the World Health Organization's “World Mental Health Day” on October 10th.

Community Mental Health Project
Ten videos in English and Spanish which focus on mental well-being and self-care for New Yorkers who face lack of access and cultural barriers to behavioral health care.

Locking People Up Is No Way to Treat Mental Illness
By Norm Ornstein and Steve Leifman
If we stopped using prisons to warehouse psychiatric patients, we could heal people and save tax dollars.

Behavioral health leadership positions are needed in courts
Multiple state courts have hired behavioral health personnel to complete their administrative team.

Series of juvenile court mental health bench cards intended to support judicial officers in California to make informed decisions and orders for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, including those with mental health needs.

Resource Guide intended to support judiciary in California and to be used as a helpful tool for attorneys, advocates, and families looking for basic information on the mental health system and services available for youth.

Stress, Anxiety, and Our Workplace: Idaho Court's March 23, 2022
wellbeing webinar for Court Clerks. Click here for presentation slides.

TN Recovery Navigators: Frontier Health The Tennessee Recovery  Navigators pair lived experience of addiction and recovery with a passion for helping others on the same journey. In three years, they've  worked with more than 6,700 patients in hospital emergency  departments across the state.

The Office of Dispute Resolution for Lubbock County, Texas with funding from SJI, produced Mediation and Mental Health Best Practices Handbook as a response to the recognized need for practice improvement for mediation interactions with parties experiencing mental health issues.

Competency restoration toolkit from the October 14-15, 2021 Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health summit.

Program description of the highly successful Miami-Dade Criminal Mental Health Project which uses cross-system collaboration to transition individuals from the criminal justice system to the community mental health system.

The mental health jail diversion project in Miami is the subject of The Definition of Insanity, a Found Object documentary by Gabriel London & Charlie Sadoff with support from the Matthew H. Ornstein Memorial Foundation.

Self-Care in the Courts: N.C. Judicial Branch shared several resources they created for the employees on self-care and awareness.

The Arizona Courts are making substantial progress in improving court services for people living with mental illness.

The Arizona Courts have released a new video entitled Mental Health: It's on Everyone's Mind which is accompanied by additional information on their Mental Health and the Justice System web page.

The Illinois Supreme Court and National Center for State Courts hosted an Illinois Mental Health Task Force Call to Action. An overview of national initiatives, summit report findings, and next steps were discussed.

Illinois Mental Health Task Force Virtual Summit Sessions: Improving the Court and Community Response to Persons with Mental Illness and Co-Occurring Disorders Through Compassion and Hope.