In January 2011, UCS released the Johnson County Mental Health and Criminal Justice Intercept Project Report on behalf of project partners who represent criminal justice and mental health systems. The report examines and proposes ways to “intercept” individuals with mental illness treatment, opportunities for diversion, and links to community resources. The goal of the collaborative planning project was to improve the response to adults with mental health needs who are in contact with the criminal justice system. Findings include that community partnerships, information sharing, training and education are key components to improving Johnson County criminal justice system’s response to individuals with mental illness. UCS’ facilitation of the project was supported by a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Links below are to the report, an executive summary, and the January 20th release event presentation.
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