Public Health Meets Public Safety: Inventory of data sources

As momentum for data-driven and evidence-based policy builds nationally, California is positioned to leverage vast administrative and survey data assets to better inform policy and practice at the state and local levels. Recognizing this opportunity, The California Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health (CCJBH) engaged The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center in a two-year project called Public Health Meets Public Safety: Connecting Data, Policy, and People. This project is intended to support CCJBH’s efforts to better use data to inform policymaking at the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health and reduce the number of adults and young people with behavioral health needs in California’s justice system.

The dashboard and this brief report is meant to give a broader range of stakeholders a better sense of the kind of primary data used to understand the intersection of justice and behavioral health.