Behavioral Health Education Series

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.

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Criminal Justice Services


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

This webinar will address the services county behavioral health provides, including the different treatment options, levels of care, and types of treatment providers. Deadline to register: Feb 4 or until full.

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.


Adult Drug Court Standards Webinar Series

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

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)

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

Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum.

Council of State Governments