University and Public Behavioral Health Organization Collaboration in Justice Contexts: Models for Success

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Kirk Heilbrun, H. Jean Wright, II, Christy Giallella
Oxford University Press, 2021 - Medical - 232 pages
Public behavioral health organizations serving those involved in the criminal justice system, such as problem-solving courts, correctional facilities, and parole or probation, often lack the necessary resources for long-standing effective treatment, and may struggle to keep up with research standards and retaining funding. To overcome these hurdles, many organizations have turned to university-led collaborations.

University and Public Behavioral Health Organization Collaboration in Justice Contexts begins by introducing the relevant purpose and definitions of such partnerships. Each of the nine contributed chapters that follow features a particular collaboration between a university and a public behavioral health organization. Chapters are structured around a description of the collaboration's purposes, beginning, leadership, who is served, services, operations, effectiveness measurement, and financial arrangements. The descriptions provided of each project are then aggregated into a larger model for success which is detailed in the final chapter, along with a distillation of lessons learned in building, operating, and sustaining a successful collaboration. These lessons are grouped into specific categories: planning, working together, training, consultation, financial considerations, personnel, and research. By considering these nine exemplary projects and what they can teach us about such collaborations, this book constitutes an essential guide for those looking to establish comparable partnerships between universities and public behavioral health organizations in a criminal justice context.


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1 Introduction
2 The University of Virginias Institute of Law Psychiatry and Public Policy
3 The Designated Forensic Professional Program in Massachusetts
4 Establishing a Forensic Training Clinic
5 Ohios Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence
Achieving Mutual Respect and Harmony
7 Successful Development of Threat Assessment and Management Programming Within a Midwestern University
8 Using an AcademicPractice Partnership to Develop and Implement an Empirically Informed Approach to Juvenile Probation Case Management i...
The Florida Mental Health Institute
A Collaboration Between Forensicare and Swinburne University of Technology
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Kirk Heilbrun is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University, where he served as department head from 1999-2012 and 2014-2016. He is board certified in clinical psychology and in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in six divisions. He currently directs a forensic assessment clinic in the Drexel Department of Psychology and the Reentry Project, another Drexel-based project that provides pro bono assessment and treatment services to justice-involved individuals returning to the community from federal prison or under the jurisdiction of the federal mental health court.

H. Jean Wright II is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Wright previously served as Clinical Director of the Juvenile Justice initiative, within the Philadelphia Behavioral Health System, and was the former Program Director for the city's Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) initiative. He also spends considerable time conducting seminars, workshops, and trainings on a variety of topics related to behavioral health and wellness, public health education, and trauma-informed care, for a diverse group of clientele.

Christy Giallella is the Clinical Forensic Manager with Behavioral Health and Justice Related Services of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. Her work seeks to improve policies and programs for justice-involved individuals with behavioral health challenges. Dr. Giallella earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in forensic psychology. Dr. Giallella has worked in a variety of community based and correctional settings with justice-involved adolescents and adults, conducting assessments and providing treatment. Her research background includes juvenile justice, forensic mental health assessment, and public policy.

David DeMatteo is a Professor of Psychology and Law at Drexel University, and Director of Drexel's JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology. His research interests include offender diversion, psychopathic personality, and forensic mental health assessment, and his research has been funded by several federal agencies, state agencies, and private foundations. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12 and 41), a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology, and board certified in forensic psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also a former President of the American Psychology-Law Society (APA Division 41).

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