NRI is hosting a series of technical assistance webinars for SAMHSA's Olmstead Communities of Practice. The NRI TA webinar series will focus on the intersection of the Criminal Justice System and Olmstead. The goal of the project is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to learn, strategize, and share with one another the opportunities and challenges related to improving community integration for individuals with mental illnesses. The presentations that have occurred have focused on:
- ADA and Olmstead Principles to Divert People with Mental Illness from the Criminal Justice System
- This fist webinar discussed how the how the Olmstead mandate is relevant to individuals involved in both the mental health and criminal justice systems. A state-specific example is provided to demonstrate how the Olmstead mandate impacted at 2011 Settlement Agreement between Delaware and the DOJ.
- Criminal Justice Olmstead Learning Community: Programs for Individuals with Mental Health and IDD Needs
- This second webinar focused on a unique criminal-justice involved population: individuals with co-occurring intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. The presentation explored the unique challenges that face this population, and provided information on a community-based program in Massachusetts that was developed to support this population.
Several more presentations are scheduled to occur between the months of July and August.
- Thursday, July 12: Forensic Peer Specialists: Vicki Rainey, a peer specialist from RI International, will share her expertise about the use of peer specialists in forensic settings.
- Wednesday, August 15: Criminal Justice Diversion Methods for Rural Areas
- Wednesday, August 29: Florida’s Criminal Mental Health Division