projectsThe Challenge of Identifying, Diverting and Treating Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness

The Challenge of Identifying, Diverting and Treating Justice-Involved People with Mental Illness

SUMMARY – How to best manage the number of people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice system is long-standing problem that goes back decades. The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has completed in-depth data analysis in several Texas counties to assess screening, assessment, and diversion practices.

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MMHPI completed an in-depth data analysis in several Texas counties to assess screening, assessment, and diversion practices in county jails. This report provides a historical perspective on the legislative policies that have been instituted to address this issue and to improve mental health treatment options for people with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system. It also reviews Texas’s legal mandates for screening, assessment, and pretrial release, and identifies gaps between what is legally mandated and the system’s capacity to meet those mandates. The report ends with a set of comprehensive recommendations for addressing the issues raised.

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May 27, 2015

Smart Justice: Texas Needs More Effective Alternatives Than Jail to Treat Mentally Ill

For decades, a best practice of health care systems reform has been to reduce higher-cost emergency health care by promoting more cost-effective primary care aimed at prevention and early intervention of illness and disease. It…

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January 22, 2018

Dallas Launches Coordinated Response Program for Behavioral Health Calls

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI), Dallas FireRescue Department (DFR), Dallas Police Department (DPD), and Parkland Health & Hospital System today announced the launch of the Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team (RIGHT Care) pilot…

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March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Jail Diversion Prioritization & Admission Protocol Considerations

In response to numerous requests from Texas counties for guidance on the operation of jails during a pandemic, the Justice Policy Team at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) developed a March 24, 2020…

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December 19, 2019

MMHPI Teams Up with Caruth Police Institute

All too often, police officers are the first people to interact with people who are suffering a mental health crisis. That’s why MMHPI has long been committed to helping pioneer new approaches and programs that…

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June 9, 2020

This program sends a social worker on 911 calls about mental health

If you call 911 in certain neighborhoods in Dallas, a licensed specialist at the dispatch center will determine if the call relates to a mental health crisis. If it does, it won’t just be the…

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October 15, 2020

Mental Health & Police Reform: Are Intervention Teams Working?

RIGHT Care stands for Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team. It started in 2018 after a study from the Meadows Mental Health Institute found the number of mental health-related calls increased by 18 percent from 2012…

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