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

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Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations
Part 2: Evidence-Based Strategies and Recommendations for Providing Services
Josh Esrick, MPP, and Lauren Pappacena, MSW

March 9, 2023, 1:00pm-2:30pm EST


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.


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


Josh Esrick, MPP

Josh Esrick, MPP is a Senior Policy Analyst with Carnevale Associates. Josh has extensive experience in substance use prevention; researching, writing, and presenting on best practice and knowledge development publications, briefs, and reference guides; and developing and providing T/TA to numerous organizations. He developed numerous SAMHSA Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies’ (CAPT) products on strategies to prevent opioid misuse and overdose, risk and protective factors for substance use, youth substance use prevention strategies, youth substance use trends, emerging substance use trends, the potential regulations surrounding marijuana legalization, as well as numerous other topics.
Lauren Pappacena

Lauren 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 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.

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