Navigating the Criminal Justice System:
Justice-informed Training for Behavioral Health Staff
This training was developed by the Regional Mental Health Services Coordination Office in collaboration with County Offices of Behavioral Health in the Southeastern Region of PA. The purpose of this training is to orient behavioral health staff to the criminal justice
system and the experiences of persons with behavioral health challenges who are involved with that system. The training will provide insight into the perspectives of professionals in the Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health systems that inform their understanding and interventions with clients. Participants will be encouraged to develop reflexivity about their own practice and will learn specific skills for advocacy and collaboration so that services for behavioral health clients involved in the criminal justice system are trauma and justice-informed and ultimately, more effective.
This is a three-part series. To receive a certificate, participation including completion of an evaluation is required for all three sessions.
Dates: 10/5/21 – Video available for viewing
10/12/21 – Instructor-led Zoom session 9:00a – noon 10/19/21 – Instructor-led Zoom session. 9:00a – noon
The training is divided into three parts with options available for additional training and consultation.
Part I: Introduction and Criminal Justice System Overview:
A 45- minute video to be viewed on your own prior to participation in Parts II and III
Part II: Understanding Perspectives in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health A 3 hour, didactic and interactive training, virtual format
Part III: Collaboration and Advocacy Skills
A 3 hour, didactic and interactive training, virtual format
Expectations of participants:
~ work in the SE PA region
~ able to commit to uninterrupted participation in all three parts of the training ~ have access to required technology and internet connection
~ submit a registration form (see attached)
~ completed evaluation for each segment
Contact: Mary Gregorio (email@example.com, Jenny Wyatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tory Bright (email@example.com) for additional information
Who should attend?
Southeast PA regional:
Mental Health Professionals Behavioral Health Staff
Agency staff who support individuals who are involved with the criminal justice system
Registrations will be confirmed via email with a link to the Part I video. Additional materials and zoom link
for instructor-led sessions will be sent via email upon receipt of the Part I evaluation
*Overview of CJ system,
*Sequential Intercept Model,
*Best Practices in Collaboration and Diversion,
Overview of perspectives and mandates:
*Criminal Justice System
Collaboration, Advocacy, Skill development
Self-paced portion plus
didactic, interactive online, practice scenarios and