A Chance to Fulfill JFK's Vision of Community Behavioral Health Care in America: Connect 4 Mental Health

August 28, 2014 9:31 PM

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A Chance to Fulfill JFK's Vision of Community Behavioral Health Care in America: Connect 4 Mental Health

Not long ago, I met with a number of criminal justice and public health researchers from the RAND Corporation. They were doing me a favor, actually. I was visiting Santa Monica, California and wanted to share some lessons from Broward's Mental Health Court and how they related to the challenges of prison reentry. The RAND Corporation conducted the first economic impact study on mental health courts (Allegheny, Pennsylvania) and was now tasked in a public health needs assessment to aid the state of California with its federal court mandate to realign its state prison population. It was a vibrant discussion. One that greatly enhanced my global understanding of disparities and criminalization.

Over time, I expanded an inter-disciplinary course I was teaching for Nova Southeastern University, Criminal Justice Institute, which included disciplines in law, psychology and criminal justice. I greatly appreciate the time spent, particularly with renowned RAND (Reentry) lead researcher Lois M. D...

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