ACEs in the Criminal Justice System

Discussion and sharing of resources in working with clients involved in the criminal justice system and how screening for and treating ACEs will lead to successful re-entry of prisoners into the community and reduced recidivism for former offenders.

Court Resources

7 Common Characteristics of Juvenile Mental Health Courts

Source: Gains Center, SAMHSA

Description: Identifies seven common characteristics of Juvenile Mental Health Courts (JMHCs) as part of a National Institute of Justice – funded study, Assessing the Effectiveness of Juvenile Mental Health Courts as a Community Justice Strategy. These common characteristics are based on a national survey, stakeholder interviews, participant focus groups, parent/guardian focus groups, stakeholder focus groups, observations of status hearings, and extensive interviews with current participants and their guardians. These seven characteristics are applicable to any jurisdiction, regardless of size and available treatment services.

Link: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/...cteristics-jmhcs.pdf

 

Adult Mental Health Treatment Court Database

Source: SAMHAS's Gains Center

Description: A comprehensive database to identify the existing mental health courts in the United States. As a living document, the information included in the database will be updated as needed. It includes: the location of each mental health court, the year established, target participants (e.g. felony, misdemeanor, violent/non), approximate annual enrollments (or total enrollments), and necessary contact information. This database was completed in December 2012, and is updated. Click on a state in a map of the U.S., and a list of all courts will appear, alphabetized by county. 

Link: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/...rograms/adultmhc.asp

 

Advancing Trauma-Informed Systems Change in a Family Drug Treatment Court Context

Source: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Description: Journal article.

Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi...=wswp20#.U9HYSYBdVTM

 

An Explanation of Trauma-Informed Care in Juvenile Justice/Courts

Source: Safe Start Center

Description: Gives basic information and resources about what is trauma-informed care and why it is necessary for courts working with children.

Link: http://www.safestartcenter.org...enile-justice-courts

 

Helping a Child be a Witness in Court: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do

Source: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System

Description: Free e-book; trauma-informed. Available in both English and French. By Cunningham & Stevens. (2011).

Link: http://www.lfcc.on.ca/Helping_a_child_testify.html

 

Helping Traumatized Children: Tips for Judges

Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Description: Guildes judges in identifying trauma and appropriately addressing trauma.

Link: http://www.nctsnet.org/nctsn_a.../JudgesFactSheet.pdf

 

Integrating Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused Strategies in Family Court

Source: New York State Unified Court System

Description: In 2010, through a federal grant awarded to New York State, Chautauqua County was chosen as one of 22 counties to participate in an Enhanced Court Practices Project to establish best practices and systemic protocols in child welfare cases in family court. This site provide participants info, history, some materials and the training schedule through the end of 2012.

Link: http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/cwc...nformed/trauma.shtml

 

Judges and Child Trauma: Findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network/National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Focus Groups 

Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Description: This Brief reports the results of focus groups conducted  with members of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges  (NCJFCJ). The Network conducted the focus groups in order to understand how  knowledgeable juvenile and family court judges are about child trauma and to identify ways to work with NCJFCJ to promote education on the issue.

Link: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/def...fs/judicialbrief.pdf

 

NCTSN Bench Card for the Trauma-Informed Judge

Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Description: The bench card provides judges with useful questions and guidelines to help them make decisions based on the emerging scientific findings in the traumatic stress field. 

Link: http://www.nctsnet.org/sites/d...ench_cards_final.pdf

 

Notes from the Field: Judge Christine Carpenter on Trauma-Informed Courts

Source: Gains Center, SAMHSA

Description: An interview with Judge Christine Carpenter, Circuit Judge of Division One in the 13th Judicial Circuit, Columbia, MO about what it’s like presiding over a trauma-informed court. (Nov. 2013).

Link: http://gainscenter.samhsa.gov/eNews/november13.html

 

Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Experiencing Trauma and Other Mental Health Challenges: A Handbook for Attorneys

Source: National Center on Domestic Violence

Description: The Attorney’s Handbook provides guidance to attorneys who are representing survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing trauma symptoms and/or mental health challenges.

Link: http://www.nationalcenterdvtra...andbookMay282012.pdf

 

Ten Things Every Juvenile Court Judge Should Know About Trauma and Delinquency

Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, OJJDP, and NCJFCJ

Description: A technical assistance bulletin to help judges better understand the links between delinquency and truama. This is useful for judges who have had no exposure to trauma-informed practices or the effects of trauma on youth. 

Link: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/def...rauma_20bulletin.pdf

 

Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative

Description: A Nebraska Supreme Court Initiative that asks judges to take an active leadership role in improving the court process in child protection cases. Their website has many trauma-informed documents in addition to news, data, case law, training and other resources. 

Link: http://www.throughtheeyes.org/

 

Tips for Clinicians - Testifying in Court about Trauma: How to Prepare

Source: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Description: Offers guidance to clinicians called upon to testify as an expert witness for a client’s court case. From understanding a subpoena, confidentially, and the therapist-client privilege to preparing yourself, your client, and his/her caregivers for your court appearance, this fact sheet lays out ethical considerations, describes how to navigate conversations with your consumers, and gives you self-care tips to use for a court appearance.

Link: http://www.nctsn.org/sites/def...fact_sheet_final.pdf

 

Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates

Source: Safe Start Center

Description: Explains guidelines for creating a trauma-informed legal practice that works with children. Good overview of evidence-based trauma screening tools, information about several court jurisdictions and child welfare/juvenile justice programs using evidence-supported and promising practices for screening, assessment, and treatment. 

Link: http://www.safestartcenter.org.../PDF_IssueBrief7.pdf

 

Working with Court‐Involved Military Families: The Effects of PTSD and Substance Abuse

Source: Children and Family Futures

Description: Power Point slides.

http://www.cffutures.org/files...MilitaryFamilies.pdf

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