Resources for Stepping Up and in-jail behavioral health programming

This list seeks to provide resources for community partners receiving Stepping Up Technical Assistance from the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice in their work to implement in-jail behavioral health programming. Check out the CBHJ's library of research products to see resources produced by the CBHJ. 

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Stepping Up logoThe Stepping Up initiative

Stepping Up seeks to bolster cross-systems collaboration and build out community-based services and supports to reduce incarceration and reincarceration, respond effectively to people in crisis, and ultimately prevent contact with the justice system in the first place. The Stepping Up planning and implementation framework is designed to meet counties where they are, giving them the flexibility to select the best strategies for their local context. Learn more

Stepping Up Initiative Strategy Lab

An interactive library of programs, policies, and practices that jurisdictions across the country have implemented to help reduce the prevalence of community members with unmet behavioral health needs in their jails. This website provides example of programs that have been instituted throughout the nation.  Visit the Strategy Lab


Council of State Governments Justice Center logoCouncil of State Goverments Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that combines the power of a membership association, representing state officials in all three branches of government, with policy and research expertise to develop strategies that increase public safety and strengthen communities. This website has a wealth of resources including research articles, best practices, webinars, etc. The CSG Justice Center is also the techinical advisors for many Bureau of Justice Grants. Learn more


Bureau of Justice Statistics logoBureau of Justice Statistics

The mission of BJS is to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. BJS also provides financial and technical support to state, local, and tribal governments to improve both their statistical capabilities and the quality and utility of their criminal history records. The information contained in the website is valuable when writing grants. Learn more


prison policy initiative logoPrison Policy Initiative

The non-profit, non-partisan Prison Policy Initiative produces cutting edge research to expose the broader harm of mass criminalization, and then sparks advocacy campaigns to create a more just society. The Prison Policy Initiative's research and advocacy is at the center of the national conversation about criminal justice reform and over-criminalization. Because essential national and state level data is often completely inaccessible, the Prison Policy Initiative's insightful data analysis and powerful graphics help fill these gaps to bring in new supporters and help other movement leaders achieve their goals. Learn more


The Joyce Foundation logoThe Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy that invests in public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region.  We support policy research, development, and advocacy in six program areas: Culture, Democracy, Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, and Journalism. Learn more


The BulletPoints ProjectThe BulletPoints Project

The mission of the BulletPoints Project is to teach medical and mental health care providers how to reduce the risk of firearm injury in their patients. The BulletPoints website — developed by our interdisciplinary team along with input from health care providers, researchers, legal experts, medical educators, and firearm owners —  is designed to provide clinicians with the knowledge and tools they need to discuss the risks of firearm access with their patients and to intervene when someone is at increased risk. Learn more


NCCHC logoNational Commission on Correctional Health Care

The mission of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care is to improve the quality of health care in jails, prisons, and juvenile confinement facilities. NCCHC has established rigorous standards for health services in correctional facilities, and operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet those standards, ofers certification for correctional health professionals, conducts educational conferences and webinars, and produces industry-specific publications and other resources. Learn more


SAMSHA GAINS Center logoSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration GAINS Center

SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation helps to expand community services for adults who are in the criminal justice system and experiencing a mental and/or substance use disorder. The GAINS Center provides technical assistance, information and skills training to help individuals and organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels implement effective, integrated programming that will transform the criminal justice and behavioral health systems. Learn more


Record search

Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS)

The Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS) contains information about prisoners, parolees, and probationers who are currently under supervision, or who have been discharged but are still within three years of their supervision discharge date. Learn more

MiCOURT Case Search

This index allows you to search for court convictions in counties throughout Michigan that occurred in the last 7 years. Civil, Traffic, Criminal, Domestic (Divorce/Family), and Probate cases are available through this website depending on the type of court being searched. Learn more


VINE is the nation’s leading victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons. Learn more