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March 2017


COMIO's next meeting will include an Issue-Specific Workshop on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and a full Council Meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Both meetings will be held at the following location:
Board of Parole Hearing Executive Board Room
1515 K Street, 5th Floor, Suite 550
Sacramento, CA 95814

The Issue-Specific Workshop will be focused on crisis prevention and response as well as peer certification and the leveraging of existing resources for peer support services. The full council meeting on the following day will be focused around the same topic.


Promoting Local Change through Lived Experience

Stepping Up: The California Summit was held in January, in support of the national initiative that was launched in 2015 as a partnership between The Council of State Governments Justice Center, The National Association of Counties, and The American Psychiatric Association Foundation. During the summit, representatives from 26 California counties heard stories from individuals who were formerly justice-involved and have used their lived experience to help others. The benefits of peer support services for the justice-involved, especially those with behavioral health needs, were examined at the summit. There was also discussion of family member advocacy, and an overview of these discussions is included here, in the article: 'We Live It:' People with Mental Illnesses in the Justice System Use Their Stories to Promote Local Change, from the Council of State Governments. 

Sharing stories on recovery is a powerful tool to promote more recovery and to educate partners about the value and effectiveness of peer services. To read more examples of successful peer mentoring programs see the articles listed below.

For the Formerly Incarcerated, Peer Mentoring Can Offer Chance to 'Give Back'

'Nothing About Us Without Us': People Affected by Mental Illness Share their Stories to Bring About Change

Council of State Governments Justice Center Releases Report on Law Enforcement Training Standards

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center partnered with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) to perform a national survey of state law enforcement training standards for responding to people with mental illnesses. The results of that survey are revealed in their report The Variability in Law Enforcement State Standards: A 42-State Survey on Mental Health and Crisis De-escalation Training, released on February 1st. Read the report here to learn some of the differences in mental health training standards for law enforcement between 42 state training authorities.

New Website for School Responder Model (SRM)

The National Center for the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) has launched a new website to help stakeholders establish a behavioral health School Responder Model (SRM) to provide an alternative to exclusionary school discipline and justice system referral. Read more here.

Current and Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) - U.S. Department of Justice

Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community
Applications Due: 03/14/2017

Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with CO-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders
Applications Due: 03/14/2017

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Applications Due: 04/04/2017

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program Training and Technical Assistance Program
Applications Due: 04/25/2017

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program
Applications Due: 04/25/2017

SAMHSA Gains Center

Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Native Connections)
Applications Due: 03/09/17

Recovery Community Services Program - Statewide Network
Applications Due: 03/20/17

Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals
Applications Due: 04/25/17