To capitalize on energy generated at the July 2018 Statewide Opioid Summit, the Indiana Office of Court Services (IOCS) has partnered with Indiana University and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration/Division of Mental Health and Addiction to host regional trainings.
Designed to improve collaborative response to the needs of justice-involved people with substance use or other mental health disorders, training will allow criminal justice and behavioral health partners to assess treatment resources, gaps, and opportunities across their local justice systems.
Counties were asked to nominate a team consisting of at least one representative from courts, community supervision, pretrial (pretrial officer, prosecutor, defense attorney), the sheriff’s office, and treatment providers.
- Analyze local system practices to identify gaps, resources, and opportunities for identifying people with behavioral health concerns
- Develop a “map” that illustrates how people with substance use or other mental health disorders connect with and progress through the local criminal justice system
- Identify one or more interventions that can be implemented to increase access to treatment
More info at tinyurl.com/response-nom
In conjunction with the trainings, counties have the opportunity to apply for the Justice Partners Addictions Response Grant to address Opioid Use Disorders/Substance Use Disorders. Grants aim to provide financial assistance to counties using a Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) approach to enhance collaborative partnerships between the local criminal justice system and behavioral health care providers.
Grant funds up to $60,000 are available to each county and applications will be accepted through September 30, 2019. $60,000 in additional grants will be offered in 2020.
More info at tinyurl.com/response-grants
Contact Diane Haver, Indiana Office of Court Services, at (317) 234-8949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.