Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee
The mission of PCCD's Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee (MHJAC) is 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.
MHJAC 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.
MHJAC is chaired by the Honorable William F. Ward. A full listing of MHJAC members is available below.