|Justice Related Services are overseen by the Office of Mental Health
and Substance Abuse Services. The Special Assistant to the Deputy
Secretary on Justice Related Services and Special Populations is
responsible for managing the interface between OMHSAS and the criminal
justice system. The interface between the mental health and criminal
justice systems is significant. OMHSAS collaborates with involved
stakeholders to propose justice related programs, assist in legislation,
provide consultation and provide education and training.
Justice Related Services Contacts
Statewide Strategic Plan
The Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence (CoE) is a collaborative effort of Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh. It is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The purpose of the CoE is to work with Pennsylvania communities to identify points of interception at which an intervention can be made to prevent individuals with mental illness from entering or penetrating deeper into the criminal justice system. The CoE will serve as a resource for counties for planning and implementing programs, providing information to promote their use of evidence-based practices and serve as a resource for technical assistance and training. The CoE will also host a central repository for collected data and information on criminal justice/mental health responses in Pennsylvania.
OMHSAS Justice Related Service presents Developing a Solid and Effective, Peer Driven, Forensic Peer Support Program. Forensic Peer Support is Peer Support offered in Criminal Justice Settings. This document summarizes some of the crucial steps and considerations organizations might want to think about when developing a Forensic Peer Support Program. It also outlines steps, tips and examples that benefit planning and development.