SAMHSA: Youth Move National Presents Strategic Sharing

Strategic Sharing is a method of telling your story safely and effectively in order to achieve a goal. Basically, it’s a process for sharing your lived experience with others in a manner that keeps you safe from negative experiences, and that teaches you how to share in a way that will help you reach the end result that you are aiming for. —From the Strategic Sharing Workbook.


Podcast: “Strategies to Build Family and Youth Engagement in School-Justice Partnerships” – National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice


The ACLU of California’s Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project created this resource to highlight concrete steps to reduce justiceinvolvement among people living with MH/SU needs in California.  

This report provides more than 40 recommendations for state and local advocacy to put us on the road to ending the over-incarceration of people living with MH/SU needs. The recommendations are presented according to the Sequential Intercept Mapping Model, a tool used to identify opportunities to reduce incarceration for people living with MH/SU needs at each stage of the criminal justice system. While we include recommenda-tions for every stage of the process, we stress that interventions at the front-end, including before law enforcement contact, at the point of crisis, and during initial detention, should be prioritized as these will have the greatest impact on both the number of people who become involved and how far they go into the system.

The Turning Point: Getting on the Road to Ending the Over-Incarceration of People with Mental Health and Substance Use Needs.”

Update from The Stepping Up Initiative 

Last month, Stepping Up released the County Self-Assessment. The online tool is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails.

This month In Focus: Implementing Mental Health Screening and Assessment was released. This brief focuses on helping counties identify the number of people booked into jails who have serious mental illnesses and better connecting them to treatment.

Learn more about Stepping Up

The GAINS Center

The GAINS Center is excited to release a video interview with Dr. Margarita Alegría and an accompanying tip sheet, Removing Obstacles to Eliminating Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Behavioral Health Care. These resources draw on research conducted by Dr. Alegría—chief of the Disparities Unit at Boston General Hospital—and her team, as described in their recent article by the same title in Health Affairs. While their work is based in the behavioral health field, their findings have implications for people of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds who have mental or substance use disorders and who are in the criminal justice system, as such people likely faced substantial barriers to accessing community-based services prior to their justice involvement.

Interview series here: