Solicitation for Training Applications
Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice is a training designed for all judges who hear criminal cases. The program was created by judges and psychiatrists working in partnership with the American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center with input from the National Judicial College. Presented by pairs of expert judges and psychiatrists from the Judges’ Criminal Justice/Behavioral Health Leadership Initiative (JLI) and the Psychiatric Leadership Group for Criminal Justice, Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice provides judges with: ·∙ Information on how behavioral health issues and criminogenic risk factors can impact an individual’s interactions with the criminal justice system ·∙ Tips on spotting potential behavioral health issues in the courtroom—and on interacting respectfully and productively with individuals with behavioral health issues ·∙ Discussion of key ethical considerations ·∙ Effective strategies for collaborative treatment and supervision ·∙ And much more! Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice has been piloted to enthusiastic audiences in Illinois and Wisconsin, and APF and the CSG Justice Center are now accepting applications from other states interested in arranging a training for their judiciaries. The program includes a presentation and new video case studies illustrating issues that often arise in the courtroom with discussion to both provide information and help build practical skills. Materials distributed include the JLI’s popular laminated Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom. To apply, please send the following materials to Jackie Cheney at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Council of State Governments Justice
Center, 100 Wall Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10005: 1. A request for the training containing the following information: ·∙ Possible dates for the training (Preference will be given to sites proposing events in 2013 or the first quarter of 2014) ·∙ A description of the format you intend for the training (Will it be presented as part of a larger program or by itself? If part of a larger program, what is the content of that program?) ·∙ The number of attendees you expect (Preference will be given to sites convening at least 50 judges) ·∙ A description of your planned efforts to publicize the training ·∙ The amount of time you can dedicate to this training (Preference will be given to sites that can dedicate at least four hours to cover both the presentation and case studies discussion) 2. A letter requesting the training from the individual in charge of judicial education in your state and stating a commitment to: ·∙ Pay for the costs of meeting materials; these will include photocopies and laminated “bench cards” ·∙ Provide appropriate audio/visual facilities for the training ·∙ Distribute evaluation forms (provided by training planners) to all participants at the training ·∙ Provide feedback on the training to training planners ·∙ Assist training planners to distribute an online survey (provided by training planners) to all participants six weeks after the training 3. A letter from your state’s mental health agency stating its commitment to provide a psychiatrist or psychologist from your state to attend the training and provide practical
information on accessing your state’s behavioral health services
Applications are due by July 1, 2013.