Behavioral Health Education and Resources

The goal of the Behavioral Health Educational series is to increase the knowledge of courts and justice partners of the intersection between criminal justice and behavioral health (i.e. substance use and mental health disorders) in order to better address the needs of court users. The series is intended for California court judges, court employees, and justice partner agencies. Educational trainings are provided in the form of webinars, podcasts, and occasional in-person roundtables.

AB 1810 Mental Health Regional Round Tables

April 5, 2019: Northern Round Table (registration closes March 22)

May 20, 2019: Southern Round Table (registration closes May 6)

To help support the implementation of mental health diversion under Assembly Bill 1810 (Pen. Code, §§ 1001.35, 1001.36), Criminal Justice Services is organizing regional round tables for judicial officers and court administrators. Anticipated topics include: AB 1810 Law Overview, Determining Appropriate Treatment & Compliance, Screening & Evaluation, and Solving Procedural Problems. Contact: for round table registration or any questions.



February 7, 2019 webinar: Partnering with County Behavioral Health to Serve Justice-Involved Populations

This three-part webinar discusses the services county behavioral health provides, including the different treatment options, levels of care, and types of treatment providers.

December 13, 2018 webinar: Serious Mental Health Disorders

This webinar defines ‘serious mental health disorder’, and discusses common diagnoses in the criminal justice system, symptoms of these disorders, and effective treatments.

November 1, 2018 webinar: AB 1810 Implementation

This webinar discusses the basic eligibility requirements of the new mental health diversion law, the effect of legislative amendments, the procedural process, and strategies to implement the law effectively. The webinar also discusses how the collaborative court model can be used to implement the law and how the new law may impact existing collaborative courts.



Effective Court Responses to Persons with Substance Use Disorder
Briefing from Safety and Justice Challenge and NCSC (2016)

Effective Court Responses to Persons with Mental Disorders.
Briefing from the National Center of State Courts (September 2018)

Fair Justice for Persons with Mental Illness: Improving the Court’s Response
National Center for State Courts practical guide for judges in responding to persons with mental illness

Judicial Bench Card: Practical Considerations Related to Release and Sentencing for Defendants Who Have Behavioral Health Needs.
Judicial Bench card from the Council of State Governments’ Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative

Principles of Community-based Behavioral Health Services for Justice-Involved Individuals: A Research-based Guide
Guide on using community-based behavioral health resources for the justice-involved populations

SAMHSA - Trauma-Informed Judicial Practice
Judicial information on the impact’s trauma on court users


Adult Drug Court Standards Webinar Series
A webinar series describing each of the NADCP’s Adult Best Practice Standards Volume I and II.

Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum.
Council of State Governments


Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (formerly COMIO)
A California council that strives to end the criminalization of individuals with mental illness

National Association of Drug Court Professionals
NADCP is the premier training, membership, and advocacy organization for the treatment court model