The NCJFCJ understands that in many jurisdictions, once a person with a mental illness enters the criminal justice system, he or she faces distinct hurdles. First, judges don’t always recognize a person with a mental illness who appears before them and the opportunity for early intervention is often lost. Second, law enforcement is not trained to deal with people with mental health or co-occurring disorders. Third, the overall justice system is not generally accustomed to altering their process and collaborating with other agencies in order to appropriately manage these defendants.
The NCJFCJ has partnered with other organizations to combat the challenges facing both justice professionals and families and youth involved in the juvenile justice system around mental health issues.
- Register for upcoming trainings featuring mental health topics
View a list of upcoming NCJFCJ trainings featuring mental health and many other topics.
- Request technical assistance
Get answers to the question you have how the courts are dealing with mental health. To request technical assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Browse publications
The NCJFCJ has an extensive library of mental health-related publications.