NACo County Justice Leaders Monthly Newsletter - Issue 27

Good afternoon, County Justice Leaders:

Below you will find information about new and upcoming opportunities for webinars, events, publications and fundingto assist your work to improve local justice systems. We hope this information is useful to you, and please share with others who are engaged in your efforts to safely reduce jail populations, protect public safety and make more efficient use of resources.


Register Now: Legal and Policy Approaches to Address Opioid Use Disorder in the Criminal Justice and Child Welfare Settings Symposium. The Georgetown Law's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is hosting a symposium on addressing the opioid epidemic through legislation in Washington, D.C., October 30. This symposium will convene policymakers, subject matter experts, people with lived experience and leaders in law enforcement and criminal justice from across the country to discuss successful models for increasing access to treatment medications and evidence-based practices in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. Participants will learn about trends in litigation and legislative reforms related to access to medication to treat opioid addiction as well as how to develop, fund and implement best practices in their own communities to improve outcomes for people facing the opioid epidemic. Click here to register and learn more.

Register Now: Second Annual PTACC Training Conference. The
Police, Treatment and Community Collaborative (PTACC) is hosting its second annual training conference in Ponte Vedra, Fla., November 10-13. This conference will provide training and technical assistance on the development and support of pre-arrest diversion efforts across the country and building the treatment and funding capacity to sustain them. This conference is designed for teams of practitioners from communities looking to explore, develop or expand pre-arrest diversion efforts. Click here to register and learn more.

Register Now: Cities Thrive Mental Health Conference. Thrive NYC, in connection with the Office of the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and The Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio ishosting a conference in New York City, N.Y., November 18-19. The two-day convening of mayors and county officials will focus on strengthening a national network for mental health policy collaboration across towns, cities and counties, showcase effective mental health policies and programs and share best practices for locally-led mental health reform. The conference is free of charge for attendees. Click here to register and learn more.

Register Now: National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs Center Conference. The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs is hosting its annual conference in Memphis, Tenn., November 13-15. This conference is an opportunity for innovators and advocates for healthcare delivery reform from across the country to network and learn about the emerging field of complex care. Workshops will include sessions on complex care innovation in behavioral health crisis and criminal justice sectors, such as how crisis response and diversion can help reduce avoidable emergency department encounters and recidivism. Click here to register and learn more.

Register Now: 2019 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference. The
Coalition for Juvenile Justice is hosting its annual Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference,A Time for Action: Combating Racial and Ethnic Disparities through Inclusion, Equity and Respect in Scottsdale, Ariz. November 20-21. This conference will bring together system stakeholders such as, policymakers and local racial and ethnic disparities coordinators to combat racial and ethnic disparities through peer-to-peer learning and expert training. Workshop sessions will provide participants a hands-on opportunity to explore solutions that have been shown to work in other jurisdictions. Click here to register and learn more.

Register Now: Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement Conference. The Institute for Behavioral Healthcare Improvement is

hosting its 10th annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 11-13. This conference is designed to help teams of Emergency Department health care professionals and administrators assess challenges and better organize operations to respond to the needs of individuals experiencing crisis and help produce better outcomes. Click here to register and learn more.

Technical Assistance

Apply Now: County Justice Peer Learning Network. NACo, with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations' Safety and Justice Challenge, is launching the County Justice Peer Learning Network. This initiative will support up to 10 counties with creating solutions to meet the needs of individuals with mental illness in jails while also addressing racial and ethnic disparities in their justice systems over an 18-month period. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and receive technical assistance from peers and subject matter experts as well as attend two peer exchanges in counties working on mental health jail diversion strategies. Applications are due November 29. Click here to learn more and apply.

Apply Now: American Probation and Parole Association Leadership Institute. The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is now accepting applications for its APPA Leadership Institute program for community corrections professionals. This program will take place in New Orleans, La., starting January 3 and will offer a 12-month multi-disciplinary curriculum that is a blend of on-site and distance learning. Participants will address competencies critical to successful leadership development such as systems of thinking, self-assessment, managing internal and external political settings, leading in an evidence-based environment, understanding and promoting a diverse workforce and strategic implementation. Applications are due November 1. Click here to apply and learn more.

Register Now: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR) New Leader Trainings – Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings. The Zero Suicide Institute is hosting an AMSR New Leader Training for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Settings in Waltham, Mass., October 31 – November 1. This training will provide content on leadership and successful training methods on the intersection of suicide and substance use disorder treatment. The AMSR SUD curriculum develops skills in the recognition, assessment and management of at-risk behavior, and the delivery of effective suicide care within SUD treatment settings. Click here to register and learn more.

Register Now: 2020-2021 Length of Stay Policy Academy. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, is now accepting applications for its Length of Stay Policy Academy. Eight teams from state and local governments will be chosen to participate in an intensive learning conference in Washington, D.C., March 23-26, 2020. Teams will receive support from researchers, policymakers and practitioners to develop action plans to examine and address factors impacting length of stay for juveniles. Teams will then receive technical assistance for a year to help them develop new policies and practices; identify and advance best practice strategies for adopting them; train staff and stakeholders; and assess, evaluate and sustain progress. Applications are due November 15. Click here to apply and learn more.


Bridging Research and Practice: Synthesizing the Literature on Implementing Change in Justice Agencies. The Urban Institute released a report that highlights justice interventions within juvenile probation. This report uses an implementation science lens to synthesize findings across published literature on a wide range of justice intervention techniques that can inform juvenile probation management and practices, identifying successful strategies for promoting organizational change, leading change and aligning staff competencies with research-informed practice. The report also offers considerations for improving the quality of implementation and measuring progress and success. Click here to read and learn more.

Recovery Housing: Best Practices and Suggested Guidelines. The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a report which highlights the importance housing plays in the recovery for previously incarcerated individuals. This report identifies 10 specific areas, or guiding principles, that can assist policy makers in defining and understanding what comprises safe, effective and legal recovery housing. National organizations have contributed significant and valuable work in developing policies, practices and guidance to improve recovery housing as an integral model of care. The guiding principles in this document are meant to provide an overarching framework that builds upon and extends the foundational policy and practice work that had guided the development of recovery housing to date. Click here to read and learn more.

Diversion to What? Evidence-Based Mental Health Services That Prevent Needless Incarceration. The
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released a report describing the essential community mental health services that must be expanded to divert people with serious mental illnesses from the criminal justice system. This report is designed to provide guidance to stakeholders engaged in efforts to reduce incarceration of people with serious mental illnesses. It lays out the types of services that should be the focus of such efforts and describes what those services do and how they are structured, and identifies the evidence demonstrating their success in reducing incarceration. Click here to read and learn more.

Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Manual. The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a manual that contains a 12-week cognitive-behavioral anger management group treatment model. The content includes specific instructions and suggested remarks for group leaders and exercises for individuals going through the program. Click here to read and learn more.

Essential Principles for Successful LEAD Implementation. The National Support Bureau released a brief on how to successfully implement a Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in local jurisdictions. This brief outlines basic concepts and tips stakeholders should consider when implementing a LEAD program. Click here to read and learn more.


Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice: Using Data to Identify and Serve People who Frequently Utilize Health, Human Services and Justice Systems. Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice are co-hosting a two-part webinar series to offer tips on identifying individuals who frequently cycle through various points of the health, human services and justice systems. Part 2 will that features counties that have implemented policies and practices that identify frequent utilizers of these systems and use this information to connect people with appropriate treatment and services. This webinar will take place on December 5 at 2:00pm ET. Click here to register.

The Federal Funding Process: The First Steps to Applying, How to Prepare and Other Considerations. The
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is hosting a webinar that will explain how the Office of Justice Programs grant process works and focus on what applicants should understand when applying for funding. BJA staff will discuss application requirements, how to find critical information in a solicitation and what to include in an application. This webinar will educate participants on the necessary steps a first-time applicant should understand. This webinar will take place on October 30 at 2:00pm ET. Click here to register and learn more.

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristic behaviors, challenges, and tips for successful interactions for justice professionals. The
Justice Clearinghouse is hosting a webinar on how justice professionals can better interact with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The goal of this webinar is to familiarize professionals working in the justice system with the behavioral characteristics, common challenges and most effective support strategies to use when interacting with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This webinar will take place on November 14 at 1:00pm ET. Click here to register and learn more.

Successful Re-Entry through Contemporary, Moral, Holistic and Life Skill Programming.
Falcon Inc. is hosting a webinar on how to address various issues counties face with reentry and cover topics such as tightened jail budgets, recidivism rates, law enforcement relations, poverty, unemployment, custodial assaults, suicides, deteriorating conditions of confinement and litigation. Speakers will present on the Jobs Partnership Re-Entry Program at the Peoria County Jail, in Peoria, Ill., and explain how this program elevates positive educational, social, behavioral and spiritual outcomes. This webinar will take place on December 4 at 1:00pm ET. Click here to register and learn more.