Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations Part 2: Evidence-Based Strategies and Recommendations for Providing Services

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Date: March 9, 2023 

Time: 1 PM—2:30 PM ET

Format: Webinar 

Cost: FREE

Target Audience: Prevention Professionals Community Members, Rural Communities

Contact Hours: 1.25 (Certificate of Attendance and Social Work/Counseling CEUs provided by the DBH Training Institute)



Criminal justice-involved populations are particularly susceptible to substance use and its consequences. Furthermore, these populations often have unique needs due to their justice system contact, such as additional stressors, barriers to services, and loss of substance tolerance. These populations often would benefit from additional services from across the behavioral health continuum of care, and service providers should consider expanding services to better serve them. This three-part webinar series will explore how behavioral health professionals can best serve and reach these populations. It will provide an overview of criminal justice-involved populations and their differing needs. It will also discuss strategies for initiating and expanding collaborations with justice system organizations. Additionally, it will discuss specific substance use prevention and treatment, overdose prevention, and suicide prevention strategies for these populations. Lastly, the series will discuss the service needs of children of incarcerated parents and potential strategies for meeting them.



This webinar will explore the evidence base around effective behavioral health interventions for criminal justice-involved populations. It will discuss substance use, overdose, and suicide prevention and treatment services for both the juvenile and adult justice systems. As part of this, the webinar will review the evidence base for drug treatment courts as an alternative to continued justice system involvement. The webinar will also provide strategies for improving collaborative efforts between the behavioral health continuum of care and criminal justice system organizations. Lastly, the webinar will introduce resources that behavioral health professionals can use to learn more about these topics.



By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how prevention and treatment strategies can be applied to criminal justice-involved populations
  2. Describe the evidence base of effective behavioral health interventions for these populations, including drug treatment courts
  3. Identify potential strategies and partners for expanding the reach of behavioral health services in the criminal justice system
  4. List resources to learn more about serving criminal justice-involved populations



Josh Esrick, MPPJosh Esrick, MPP is the Chief of Training and Technical Assistance at Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has over ten years of experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He is an expert in providing training and technical assistance (TTA) in substance use, having overseen the development of hundreds of TTA products for numerous clients, including six of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the PTTC Network Coordinating Office, the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). These trainings and products have covered a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and identifying evidence-based prevention interventions for youth. In addition to TTA, Mr. Esrick has directly provided many of these services to behavioral health agencies and other entities. He has published several academic journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.



Lauren PappacenaLauren Pappacena, MSW is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization. With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.




In order to be eligible for the contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in Zoom.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.



If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

Starts: Mar. 9, 2023 1:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 9, 2023 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
March 7, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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