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Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations Part 1: Understanding the Unique Needs of Diverse Populations

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This webinar will provide an introduction on criminal justice-involved populations for behavioral health professionals. It will overview the various populations within the criminal justice system and their needs across the behavioral health continuum of care, including lack of access to services while incarcerated and lack of case management during re-entry. It will also discuss how behavioral health professionals should consider risk versus need level and justice system stages when deploying services. Lastly, the webinar will discuss the unique substance use, overdose, and suicide risks associated with justice system-involvement, particularly at the point of community re-entry for incarcerated populations.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the need for behavioral health services among criminal justice-involved populations
  2. Define the risk-need responsivity model, describe its use in determining treatment needs, and recognize how it can be adapted to assessing prevention needs
  3. Identify the intercept points where individuals encounter the justice system and can receive services
  4. Describe the unique risks associated with justice system involvement




Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network
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