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September 2021 CCJBH Suicide Prevention and Recovery Awareness

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The Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health is excited to share details about the upcoming events for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month as well as National Recovery Month in September. Please plan to join us in September as we feature exciting work that is currently underway to address the needs of individuals with behavioral health needs who are involved in the justice system.

Upcoming Webinars

September 8, 2021

The California Department Of Public Health (CDPH) will highlight state suicide and self-harm data, providing a detailed examination to show how suicide and self-harm have been experienced differently by age, race/ethnicity and/or sex, particularly during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Information will also be provided on the new CDPH Center for Healthy Communities, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, Office of Suicide Prevention, as well as evidence-based suicide prevention strategies.

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Renay Bradley, Chief of Epidemiology & Surveillance; Injury & Violence Prevention Branch; California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

September 15, 2021

The Department of Health Care Services will discuss youth recovery programs, and touch on the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System serving youth. In addition, perspectives from former justice-system involved individuals will be shared by members of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition to highlight successes and challenges for serving this vulnerable population.

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Jim Kooler, Deputy Assistant Director at California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
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Josef Gray, Director at Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)

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Jarad Nava, Committee Secretary, California Senate Transportation Committee

September 22, 2021

California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) will provide an overview and update on the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) Program. Additionally, the Transitions Clinic Network will share how their Community Health Workers, individuals with lived experience in the behavioral health and criminal justice systems, have worked in collaboration with CCHCS to successfully support individuals who are in need of substance use disorder (and other) services as they transition from incarceration to their communities.

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Lisa Heintz, Director of Legislation and Special Projects, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
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Janene DelMundo, Project Director, California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS)

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Doug Bond, President & CEO, Amity Foundation

September 29, 2021

As a provider contracted with the CDCR Division of Rehabilitative Programs’ Specialized Treatment for Optimized Program (STOP), the Amity Foundation provides a myriad of reentry services including, but not limited to, case management, linkage and support to access mental health, linkage and support to employment services and substance use disorder services, housing and social supports. Amity Foundation will provide an overview of their program and services, including perspectives from individuals with lived experienced who have benefitted from this comprehensive approach to reentry services that are designed to support individuals transitioning from incarceration to their communities.

We hope you can join us!

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