Behavioral Health Education and Resources

The focus of this page is to increase knowledge of the intersection between criminal justice and behavioral health, and to better address the needs of court users. It is intended for California court judges, court employees, and justice partner agencies.

COVID-19 Related Resources

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued treatment related guidance related to COVID-19 and Opioid Treatment. See the SAMHSA website for more information.

The SAMHSA sponsored Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center posted a webinar titled Substance Use Disorder Services in the Days of a Pandemic: You Need A Bigger Boat!

The Department of Health and Human Services is declining to enforce HIPPA telehealth requirements during this time. See the HIPPA announcement.

The Center for Court Innovation posted a free webinar on drug courts and COVID-19 on their Treatment Courts website The direct link is or you can click on Adult Drug CourtàAdult Drug Court: WebinarsàCOVID Webinar. For anyone who's not already a member of Treatment Courts Online, you need to set up a free account to access content.

The National Center for State Courts provided a resource Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators.

Reconnect provided a resource called "Remote Best Practices for Community Supervision".

AB 1810 Mental Health Diversion

Mental Health Diversion Data Summary Report

Regional Round Tables

To help support the implementation of mental health diversion under Assembly Bill 1810 (Pen. Code, §§ 1001.35, 1001.36), Criminal Justice Services organized regional round tables for judicial officers and court administrators. Topics included an AB 1810 Law Overview, Determining Appropriate Treatment & Compliance, Screening & Evaluation, and Solving Procedural Problems.



Behavioral Health Education Series: 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

The Judicial Council of California partnered with drug court subject matter experts to create a 12 month “lunch box” series of live, interactive, on-line trainings that focused on a different Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standard each month. See the Judicial Council YouTube Adult Drug Court Standards Webinar Series to watch.

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.

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.

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

Department of State Hospitals Diversion Program Webinars
A California state agency that provides technical assistance on DSH diversion eligibility and risk assessments

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

Improving Cultural Competency: Working with People in the Criminal Justice System Who Have Mental Illnesses
Council of State Governments

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

National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts' Response to Mental Illness
A compendium of mental health resources by the National Center for State Courts

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