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INSIDE: Navigating the New Medicaid Section 115 Demonstration Opportunity and Revisiting a Reentry Case Plan Tool 

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October 2023 | Edited by Aisha Jamil

Welcome back to the Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative newsletter, your monthly source for news, events, resources, and more. 


Dekalb County, GA, District Attorney Encourages Other Prosecutors to Foster Connections to Community-Based Care

District Attorney Sherry Boston of Dekalb County, GA is a strong supporter of connecting people with mental health needs to the treatment they need instead of further involving them in the criminal justice system. “What we want is the public health system to address this issue and to help stabilize people so that they don’t find themselves ensnared in the criminal justice system,” she said. In her video testimonial for Propelling Change, the national prosecutor call to action, she dispels misconceptions about mental health needs and speaks candidly about the work she and her office have been doing to help people exit the criminal justice system and improve their lives. 

Visit Propelling Change Change to watch additional prosecutor testimonials and sign onto the movement. 


🎥 Video Recording

From Corrections to Community: Navigating the New Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Opportunity, Part 2   

The CSG Justice Center recently hosted its second webinar in a series focused on equipping corrections leaders to partner with their state’s Medicaid representatives and other key local and state entities to develop, plan, and implement a Section 1115 demonstration proposal and effective strategies for reentry. State representatives, including corrections leaders, who had already developed 1115 waiver proposals shared their experiences working with their state Medicaid departments to develop 1115 waiver proposals focused on improving prerelease services and care transitions for the reentry population. Panelists discussed key components of reentry services that were included in their states’ demonstration application and outlined concrete strategies they recommended for partnering with state Medicaid agencies on setting up the demonstration and the systems involved for success.  

🛠 Case Planning Tool

Resource Revisited: When Behavioral Health Treatment Providers Lead Reentry Case Plans 

Did you know that behavioral health treatment providers can serve as the lead agency in a reentry case planning process? The CSG Justice Center’s recently updated web tool offers a glimpse into the kinds of information that behavioral health treatment providers and their partners, including courts professionals, will need to share to build collaborative case plans. 


Best Practices for Recovery Housing 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

NAMI State Legislation Report: Trends in State Mental Health Policy 

National Alliance on Mental Illness  

Sharing the Solutions: Police-Court Partnerships to Address Homelessness 

Center for Justice Innovation  

Building State and Local Partnerships to Support Familiar Faces

Hosted by the CSG Justice Center and Arnold Ventures  

📅 November 8, 2023 

⏰ 2:00–3:30 p.m. ET 


First-of-Its-Kind Mental Health Facility to Treat Those Caught in Criminal Justice System 

CBS News Miami 

Editor’s note: This article highlights JPLI co-chair Judge Steve Leifman’s involvement in the new facility project. 

Can Off-Ramps Keep the ‘Regulars’ Out of Jail? 

New Hampshire Bulletin 

New CARE Courts Will Address Nexus of Mental Health and Homelessness, But Expectations Tempered 

—Times of San Diego 

Tribal Courts across the Country Are Expanding Holistic Alternatives to the Criminal Justice System 

—AP News 

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