Topics Tag: Smart Justice

November 4, 2020

2019 Annual Report

The year 2019 was a landmark year for mental health care in Texas, from a breakthrough legislative session to the creation of programs and initiatives that can improve care for generations of Texans. The 2019…

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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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September 4, 2020

Community Response Team making a difference in mental health calls in Abilene, elsewhere

An alliance between Betty Hardwick Center and the Abilene Police and Fire departments to bring better response to mental health issues worked 1,654 calls for service in its first year. Its primary goal is to stop clients…

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August 20, 2018

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Overview

In 2011, Seattle, Washington piloted the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program. LEAD, now growing across the country, is an evidence-based, collaborative, pre-arrest diversion program aimed at improving public safety by reducing drug use, drug…

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January 30, 2018

Screening Form for Suicide & Medical, Mental, & Developmental Impairments

In response to 85(R) Senate Bill 1849, known as “The Sandra Bland Act”, Texas county jails were required to make changes to minimum jail standards as of September 1, 2017. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS)…

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January 8, 2018

Texas Commission on Jail Standards Major Findings on SB 1849

Senate Bill (SB) 1849, referred to as “The Sandra Bland Act” (SBA) in this report, requires Texas county jails to make changes to minimum jail standards as of September 1, 2017. To address sections of…

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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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