Corrections

Webinar – “Implementing a Peer Mentor Program: Strategies for Engaging Peer Recovery Support Specialists in Adult Treatment Courts”

Peer Recovery Support Specialists (PRSSs) working in treatment courts are people with lived experience of behavioral health disorders and criminal justice involvement who are key members of the clinical team serving those participating in drug court and mental health court programs.

This webinar covers strategies for how to engage PRSSs in adult treatment courts to support people with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders. Topics covered will include:

Webinar – “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment: Recognizing Criminal Thinking Patterns”

This webinar will address why cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) that addresses criminal thinking is important in addition to CBT programming that addresses substance use disorder for individuals involved in the criminal legal system.

Join the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program for their upcoming “Cognitive Behavioral Treatment: Recognizing Criminal Thinking Patterns” webinar on August 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Many behavioral health field practitioners recognize cognitive behavioral treatment is a well-researched evidence-based practice and component for many clinical strategies to address substance use disorder.

Webinar: Developing Effective Working Relationships with Victims and Offenders for Community Corrections Professionals

Evidence-based practices clearly demonstrate that the relationships professionals develop with their client is critical in supporting behavioral change. Creating a relationship that is supportive, empathetic, and accountable and that provides appropriate advocacy is foundational in the change process. Developing effective working relationships requires balancing empathy and boundaries with clear goals and an attention to resolving barriers.

Webinar: Comprehensive Approach to Offender Management

Gain an overview of the comprehensive approach to offender management. Discuss the fundamental principles of this approach including victim centeredness, public education, specialized knowledge and training, monitoring and evaluation, and collaboration. These fundamental principles will provide a guide for how offender management should be directed, what strategies should be implemented, and which stakeholders should be involved in these efforts.

Webinar – “COVID-19: Justice Response for Community Supervision”

This virtual meeting will provide an overview of the current statutory framework for community supervision and prison release that enables a rapid response to COVID-19 and highlight policies of concern to states during the pandemic. Attendees will also hear from practitioners about how policy is playing out in the justice system and have an opportunity to ask questions.
 

*This virtual meeting is made possible through the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety performance project.

The National Conference of State Legislatures invites you to attend their upcoming “COVID-19: Justice Responses for Community Supervision” webinar on May 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide an overview of the current COVID-19 community supervision and prison release procedures, as well as highlight policies of concern to states during this pandemic. There will also be the opportunity for attendees to ask the featured practitioners questions.

The COPS Office’s Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) recently introduced their COVID-19 Library of Resources, which is dedicated to informing law enforcement agencies of COVID-19 guidelines and officer safety policies. This resource will allow law enforcement agencies to share updated information regarding agency policies, standard operating processes, fact sheets, press releases, special orders, and training documents.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for its FY 2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program, which supports eligible states, local units of government, and tribal governments in addressing and tackling coronavirus-related matters.

The following list includes examples of things the program funding will cover:

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