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Wednesday, December 23rd

Resource: Council for State Governments
Police-mental health collaboration (PMHC) assessment tool
The PMHC Self-Assessment tool helps law enforcement agencies and their behavioral health partners assess their progress toward implementing high quality partnership-based interventions. This tool is designed to provide resources to help improve responses to calls for service for people with mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use conditions. Access the tool. 

Arnold Ventures: De-escalation in Policing
'They Fought Smarter, Not Harder’: De-escalation Put to the Test
According to a groundbreaking new study, when police officers are trained in de-escalation, injuries to both citizens and officers decrease substantially. In Part II of this story from Arnold Ventures, they take a look at the evidence behind this new way of policing that could save lives and careers. 

Fair and Just Prosecution: Blueprint for Police Accountability and Reform
Policy recommendations for meaningful reform
Fair and Just Prosecution’s new Blueprint for Police Accountability and Reform outlines concrete policy recommendations for meaningful reform in the following areas:

  • A new vision for our justice system: Leaders must join with communities in creating a new vision for, and fundamental shift in, the way our justice system promotes safer and healthier communities.
  • A new vision for policing: In order to earn community trust, policing must be transformed through demilitarization, fortified accountability and independent oversight, enhanced transparency, and nationally standardized use of force policies which prioritize human life and racial justice.
  • A new vision for prosecution: Prosecutors must hold law enforcement accountable, ensure their independence from police unions, adopt reforms that mitigate racial inequities in prosecution, and rectify past injustices.

Webinar Series: International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law
Alternatives to incarceration of girls
The webinar series brings leading experts together to explore the unique vulnerabilities that girls’ face when they come into conflict with the law. Expert presenters from 10 countries will share their expertise on topics including criminal procedures for girl offenders; restorative justice and diversion practices; sex trafficking of girls; services to address mental illness, drug abuse or physical disability; and the psychological and social impacts on girl offenders worldwide. 
Next Webinar: “International Perspectives on Girls in Conflict with the Law" on January 14 at 1pm ET. 


Training and Funding Opportunities
Federal Grant Resources 
See compiled listing attached

CSG Training Opportunity Aims to Improve Local Mental Health Responses
This winter, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is offering free virtual, intensive training to three jurisdictions at the municipal and county level to help reduce the number of people with mental illnesses who are arrested and booked into jail. Selected jurisdictions will leave this training with concrete steps for future action.
This opportunity is offered with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Apply by Friday, January 15, 2021.

Job Opportunities
Administrator – First Responder Consulting and Training
TASC's Center for Health and Justice is hiring! You'll join the team in providing training and consulting to law enforcement and first responders on first responder diversion and deflection.
This position is responsible for the management of consulting, training and technical assistance projects at the intersection of justice and health policy. The Administrator will work independently with both internal staff and external partners, agencies, consultants, trainers and organizations to accomplish this work.

Deputy Director, Harlem Community Justice Center
The Harlem Community Justice Center (HCJC) is an operating project of the Center for Court Innovation and serves as a community court in East Harlem. HCJC includes a NYC housing court and offers a range of programs to address community needs and issues, including services to increase housing stability, eviction prevention, as well as innovative youth and community based programming.

Reporting to the Project Director, the Deputy Director will provide clinical and operational leadership for all program services at the Harlem Community Justice Center. The Deputy Director will be a thought partner for the Project Director, an integral part of the Justice Center’s management team, and will foster a culture promoting teamwork, innovative ideas, and excellence in service delivery. Find out more. 

COSSAP Project Coordinator
Cordata is looking for a passionate COSSAP Project Coordinator who will be responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and reporting activities as part a multi-site statewide program in Ohio. The position requires strong prior experience in managing projects focused on improving health outcomes, as well as an understanding of interventions that address addiction, and opioid use disorder, specifically. Visit Cordata for more information and to apply

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PTACC Conversations with the Field
Catch up with the series here.  

‘Very promising’: UK’s first full heroin-prescribing scheme extended after reductions in crime and homelessness
The UK’s first fully-fledged scheme to provide heroin users with a safe and legal supply of the drug has been extended for a further year, after showing “very promising results.” Read the article

Resources: The Native Center for Behavioral Health 
Evidence based and traditional cultural practices for behavioral health disorders

As documented by the Indian Health Service, the opioid crisis consistently ravaged tribal communities and now, tribal communities are among those being hit hardest by the new methamphetamine ‘crisis,’ with Indigenous youth continuing to be at greatest risk. A research center at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, the Native Center for Behavioral Health’s mission is to serve as subject-matter experts and key authorities on resources for culturally informed prevention practices, addiction treatment, recovery, and mental health services, supporting behavioral health professionals working with Native communities.

The Center has a variety of trainings & presentations on their YouTube channel.

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