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MENTAL HEALTH AND JUSTICE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The advisory committee provides guidance and structure to ensure statewide coordination and effectiveness of Pennsylvania's criminal justice and mental health systems. The Committee includes representatives from state agencies, county leadership, the courts, district attorneys, public defenders, consumers, families, and other criminal justice and mental health advocates and practitioners from across the Commonwealth.

The Committee also oversees a strategic plan, which calls for a Center of Excellence (CoE) for developing and improving programs to serve adults with mental illness who are involved in the criminal justice system. The CoE supports statewide strategies that:

  • Direct technical assistance to evidence-based practices
  • Guide the operation and sustainability of jail diversion and re-entry programs
  • Provide a clearinghouse for resources related to criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse

Mission

To support Pennsylvania’s initiative to expand the successful implementation of evidence-based practices for justice-involved individuals with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders and advance the capabilities of local communities to reduce the involvement of individuals with mental illness and co-occurring disorders in the criminal justice system, while enhancing public safety and the well-being of our communities.