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Behavioral Health Call Centers and 988 Implementation
Publication Date: Nov 01 2021
(NASMHPD) Research Institute (NRI)
The purpose of the survey was to help states learn from each other on how they are working to implement 988 within the context of existing and emerging behavioral health crisis continuum. This report summarizes the results of the survey completed either partially or completely by 43 states 
Beyond Jails: Community-Based Strategies for Public Safety
Publication Date: Nov 01 2021
Vera Institute of Justice
For decades, the United States has responded to social issues like mental health and substance use crises, chronic homelessness, and ongoing cycles of interpersonal violence with jail. This has disrupted the lives of millions of people—disproportionately harming Black and Indigenous people—without improving public safety. There’s a better way. Communities can instead invest in agencies and organizations that address these issues outside the criminal legal system. The proven solutions highlighted in this multimedia report look beyond jails to promote safe and thriving communities.
Tips for Successfully Implementing a 911 Dispatch Diversion Program
Publication Date: Oct 01 2021
A diversion model showing great promise across the U.S. is 911 dispatch diversion, sometimes called crisis call diversion. The approach aims to reduce unnecessary police contact by connecting people to mental health professionals when someone contacts 911 due to a behavioral health crisis or other health or social service need. This brief outlines four tips for successfully implementing 911 dispatch diversion in a community.
Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Publication Date: Oct 01 2021
This first findings report summarizes key findings from the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for national indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
Racism, Chronic Disease, and Mental Health: Time to Change Our Racialized System of Second-Class Care
Publication Date: Sep 27 2021
In this article, we describe how the “weathering hypothesis” and Adverse Childhood Experiences set the stage for higher rates of chronic disease, mental health disorders and maternal mortality seen in African American adults. We illustrate the toll that untreated and overtreated mental health disorders have on Black individuals, who have similar rates of mental health disorders as their white counterparts but have fewer outpatient mental health services and higher rates of hospitalizations. 
Incorporating Racial Equity into Trauma-Informed Care
Publication Date: Sep 01 2021
Center for Health Care Strategies
This brief offers practical considerations to help health systems and provider practices incorporate a focus on racial equity to enhance trauma-informed care efforts. It draws from the experiences of two federally qualified health centers — the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services in Philadelphia and Bread for the City in Washington, D.C
Advisory: Treating Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury
Publication Date: Sep 01 2021
This Advisory is an update to the SMA10-4591, Vol. 9 Issue 2, published in 2010. The advisory summarizes key elements of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and describes its relevance to behavioral health, including recommendations for behavioral health professionals.
Officer Health and Wellness Agency Assessment Tool and Action Planning Roadmap
Publication Date: Aug 11 2021
A comprehensive strategy to promote officer safety and wellness requires a multi-faceted approach addressing a variety of essential topics. The information contained in this resource is intended to serve as a guide for law enforcement executives or wellness program personnel who seek to establish or enhance an officer wellness program.
Building exits off the highway to mass incarceration: Diversion programs explained
Publication Date: Jul 20 2021
Prison Policy Initiative
The landscape of diversion is vast, and the design and implementation of each program matters.
Collaborative Court and Community Diversion for Individuals with Behavioral Health Needs
Publication Date: Jun 21 2021
National Center for State Courts
Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Court’s Response to Mental Illness conducted a survey to create a picture of the national landscape regarding adult behavioral health diversions and practices available in each state.
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