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INSIDE: The CSG Justice Center welcomes 10 new learning site communities; Impacts of Housing Instability survey; and more

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November 2023 | Edited by Aisha Jamil

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


Juvenile Justice Systems Face Staffing Crisis

A new brief from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, “Systems in Crisis: Revamping the Juvenile Justice Workforce,” highlights the pressing crisis facing the nation’s juvenile justice systems, as COVID-19 exacerbates severe staffing shortages. A recent national survey and extensive qualitative assessments reveal that hiring and retaining frontline staff has become more challenging than ever, impacting agencies at the state and local levels.  

🗣 Accompanying Event

Systems in Crisis: Revamping the Juvenile Justice Workforce and Core Strategies for Improving Public Safety and Youth Outcomes    

Join the CSG Justice Center, the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, and the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute on November 13, 2023, for a webinar focused on hiring and retaining people in the juvenile justice workforce. With staff shortages plaguing not only supervision staff but also public defenders and prosecutors, many youth have been left to go without counsel or have experienced long court delays for their trials. This webinar also covers three critical questions highlighted in the complementary brief, which get to the heart of ongoing staffing instability.




Building State and Local Partnerships to Support Familiar Faces

The CSG Justice Center, with support from Arnold Ventures, is offering a webinar on Wednesday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET for state and local judicial officials; law enforcement and corrections administrators; behavioral health, health care, and community service providers; and elected officials to hear from leaders in two states who have developed collaborative efforts to support individuals—known as “familiar faces”—with high incarceration and social service utilization rates.  


This webinar will address how New Mexico and Georgia draw on the strengths of multidisciplinary state and local practitioners and leaders to create sustainable collaborations, drive meaningful system change, and measure the impact of their efforts to inform future decisions. The discussion will be led by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Boggs and New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Briana Zamora, who will be joined by state and local government officials and practitioners who are making policy changes in their states.  


Attendees will leave the webinar with practical ideas for building a broad state and local coalition to drive action on strategic policy priorities and strategies for measuring impact to build a foundation for sustaining political and funding support. 

💻 Learning Site Program

JMHCP Launches New Criminal Justice-Mental Health Learning Site Program

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)’s—which is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs—Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) recently launched its Criminal Justice-Mental Health Learning Site Program to assist communities as they work to improve outcomes for people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system. The program consists of 10 communities who are using innovative practices to “move the needle” with programming and interventions that span the criminal justice system, including with court-based models.

📝 15-Minute Survey

Take a 15-Minute Survey on Impacts of Housing Instability for Criminal Justice Agencies 

The Center for Justice Innovation and the Housing Solutions Lab at the NYU Furman Center are conducting research to better understand the connections between housing and criminal justice systems at the local level. They are seeking insights from state and local government officials working in strategic roles in housing, criminal justice, or both, including people who work in court systems.This survey will be used to find practical solutions that bridge the housing and criminal justice sectors and will inform an upcoming policy brief.


Reaching Recovery in Rural and Tribal Areas: Justice Today  


Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Basic Learning Community 

National Children’s Alliance Learning Center 

📅 November 30, December 1, and December 5, 2023, and March 26, 2024 

⏰ 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET


Alternative Responses to Crisis Calls in North Carolina 

—North Carolina Criminal Law Blog 

New LA County Justice Care and Opportunities Department Aims to Transform the Justice Landscape 


Phoenix Spent $15 Million to Put More Social Workers on the Streets; How’s It Working? 

—3 TV/CBS 5

Washington’s Trend of Treatment Courts Continues in Tacoma 


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