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INSIDE: Center for Policing Equity learning communities deadline extended; Recovery Month resource; mobile crisis teams; and more.

September 27, 2023 | Edited by Aisha Jamil


Application Deadline Extended to October 6, 2023: Free Support Is Available to Build Community Responder Programs  

Communities looking to build or expand their community responder programs have new opportunities to join the CSG Justice Center and the Center for Policing Equity for either a series of learning communities intended to promote mutual learning or to receive free, direct technical assistance. Upon completion, participants will be equipped with an action plan to help implement and fund their program. The deadline to apply has been extended to October 6, 2023. The following options are available. 


Elevate Recovery: A Roadmap to Comprehensive Case Planning 

Navigate the intersection of justice and recovery through comprehensive case planning. This Recovery Month, explore our web-based tool, which helps programs actively engage participants and support their chances for reentry success.  


Mobile Crisis Teams: The “Humanity-First Lens” to Mental Health  

Mobile crisis teams composed of mental health professionals are being used to respond to behavioral health crises that would typically go through 911. These teams offer a "humanity-first lens" to mental health, providing a compassionate and supportive response to those in need. Federal agencies have praised these teams as essential to addressing mental health and substance use crises. However, over a year after the launch of the 988 hotline and almost a billion federal dollars later, many Americans still lack access to mobile crisis teams. As a result, in many places, police are still responding to most mental health crises. 


October 17, 2023: Stepping Up to Elevate the Voices of Lived Experience 

This webinar will highlight the voices of people with lived experience in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. Join the CSG Justice Center, C4 Innovations, and the Lived Experience Advisory Panel to learn how they are reshaping policies and practices related to people with behavioral health needs to reduce their over-incarceration, promote meaningful engagement with services and supports, and execute the goals of Stepping Up using lived expertise. Register today.  

November 8, 2023: Building State and Local Partnerships to Support Familiar Faces

This webinar will address how New Mexico and Georgia draw on the strengths of multidisciplinary state and local practitioners and leaders to (1) create sustainable collaboration, (2) drive meaningful system change, (3) measure the impact of their efforts to inform future decisions, and (4) build support for justice-involved people with complex behavioral health needs who have frequent contact with crisis response, housing, and other social service systems.


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