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At our 2020 Summit, registrants and participants shared varied and rich resources about the field of decriminalizing mental illness. Sozosei is honored to share those resources here. If you have a resource you wish to share, please email us at [email protected]

Together, we can start to mitigate the devastating consequences of treating mental illness as if it is a crime. In so doing, we must acknowledge and respond to the policies that created our current challenges, and the societal implications of those policies. Resources illuminating the issue, including research and advocacy efforts, are listed below and organized by topic.

SMART Recovery

Organization that promotes a mutual support approach to addiction.

She’s breaking down’: Inmates at Bucks County jail decry treatment of suicidal woman with severe mental illness

Profile of inhumane conditions of confinement for woman with mental illness in PA, June 2020. 

Road Runners: The Role and Impact of Law Enforcement in Transporting Individuals with Severe Mental Illness

Treatment Advocacy Center, May 2019

Review of the Literature on Jail Diversion Programs and Summary Recommendations for the Establishment of a Mental Health Court and Crisis Center within Douglas County, Kansas

Research from University of Kansas School of Welfare, 2015.

Texas Judicial Commission Virtual Summit, 2020

Resources from theTexas Judicial Commission Virtual Summit, 2020

Reimagining Response to Vulnerable Populations in Crisis

A framework for reimagining crisis response from Abt Associates.

Prisoner release raises concerns about their health during pandemic

New Jersey is set to release 2,300 people in prison; about half will have mental health issues, November 2020. 

I’ve had public mental health outbursts like Walter Wallace Jr. I’m alive because I’m white.

Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed sharing an author’s reflection on the role of race in decriminalizing mental illness. 

Pavilion Clubhouse of Williamson County

A Texas-based clubhouse and peer support network for individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders.

One Mind Docu-Series: Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System

One Mind’s docu series on decriminalizing mental illness.