DCJS Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

The DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) received a Bureau of Justice Assistance Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Grant to provide technical assistance to New York counties in collaboration with NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) to reduce crime and improve outcomes for individuals with mental illness by enhancing criminal justice and behavioral health collaboration in specific areas.

The participants in the Sequential Intercept Mapping workshops represented multiple stakeholder systems including probation, mental health, substance abuse treatment, health care, human services, corrections, advocates, NAMI, consumers, law enforcement, health care (emergency department and inpatient acute psychiatric care), and the courts. The Sequential Intercept Mapping process is the foundation and focus of the workshop to enable counties to concentrate on increasing public safety and improving recovery outcomes for consumers.

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program offers technical assistance for each of the Intercept points. The specific offerings are

  • Expanding police mental health training
  • Improving collaboration between police and emergency and crisis behavioral health services
  • Improving Mental Health Screening in justice settings
  • Improving data development and analysis to track outcomes for justice involved individuals
  • Improving transition services from jail to the community
  • Development or enhancement of specialized probation caseloads
  • Development or expansion of peer support in justice settings
  • Enhancing justice partnerships with case management and care coordination services

 

DCJS JMHCP Grant Information

NYS DCJS JMHCP PowerPoint

Sequential Intercepts

JMHCP Technical Assistance Deliverables

NYS JMHCP Grant Checklist

JMHCP Technical Assistance Bulletins

  • INTERCEPT 2Initial Detention
    • Pretrial Screening and Identification of Individuals with SMI
    • Jail/Mental Health Information Sharing  SMI
  • INTERCEPT 3Jails/Courts 
    • Screening and Identification 

Phase I:  Commenced in December 2013  

The phase I counties are:  Monroe, Nassau, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Westchester

Monroe County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

Monroe County Justice Mental Health Oversight Committee Members:

Don Kamin, Ph.D. Chief, Clinical & Forensic Services - Monroe County Office of Mental Health
Rochelle Cohen Lempert, Assistant Chief Probation Officer - Monroe County Probation & Community Corrections
John Kennedy, Captain - Jail Administration, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
David Phelps, Commander - Staff Services Bureau, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Donna Leigh-Estes, Manager - Programs & Criminal Justice NAMI-Rochester
John Elliott, Judge - Mental Health & Drug Courts, Monroe County & City of Rochester Courts
Kimberly VanCamp, M.A. Mental Health Court Coordinator - Monroe County Court
Ellen Yacknin, Judge - Rochester City Court
Nadly Thompson, LMSW Mental Health Director - Monroe County Jail/Correctional Medical Care
Timothy Prosperi, Second Assistant District Attorney - Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
Timothy Donaher, Public Defender - Monroe County Public Defender’s Office
Craig McNair, Executive Director - Monroe County Pre-Trial Services Corporation
Steve Boily, Sgt/Commanding Officer - Rochester Police Department / EDPRT
Amy Kheyfits, LCSW-R Treatment Team Leader - Rochester Psychiatric Center
Vincent Schillaci, LCSW Justice Outreach Specialist (VJO) - US Department of Veterans Affairs
Robin Rock, Parole Officer (MICA Caseload) - NYS Parole
Julianne Greczyn, US Probation Officer - US Probation
David Rogers, Supervisor of Mental Health Caseloads - Monroe County Probation & Community Corrections
Doug Calari, Senior Probation Officer - Monroe County Probation & Community Corrections
Craig Johnson, MS, CASAC Director - Chemical Dependency Program, Monroe County Correctional Facility
Rodney Corry, MA, LMHC Chief - Priority & Socio-Legal Programs, Monroe County Office of Mental Health
Kimberly Butler, LMSW Senior Manager - Forensic MH Programs, Monroe County Office of Mental Health
Virginia Giesow, Coordinator/DDPS1 - NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

Nassau County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

Nassau County Justice Mental Health Oversight Committee Members:

Lisa Murphy, Commissioner – Health & Human Services
Dr. James Dolan, Jr., Director of Community Services – Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental  Disability Services
John Fowle, Probation Director – Probation Department
Maura Gordon, Coordinator of Community Mental Health Services - Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency & Developmental  Disability Services
Mike Beganskas, Deputy Chief Clerk – Nassau County District Court
Melinda Carbonell,  Director of Case Management – FEGS Health Home
Irwin Davies, Area Supervisor – NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Michael Golio, Investigator Captain  –  Sheriff’s Department
Annette Graham, Care Manager – North Shore-LIJ Health Home
John Javis, Director of Special Projects – MHA, Veterans Mental Health Alliance of Long Island
Barbara Raney, Bureau Chief - District Court, Legal Aide Society
Jacqueline Rosenblum, Assistant District Attorney – District Attorney’s Office
Neil Delargy, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief of Patrol - NCPD
Gary Shapiro, Detective Lieutenant - NCPD
Janet Susin, President – NAMI Queens/Nassau

Rensselaer County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

Rensselaer County Justice Mental Health Oversight Committee Members

Kathy Coons, Director of Mental Health - Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health
Kirstein Don Vito, Director of Clinical Administration -Rensselaer County Mental Health
Don Hogan, Forensic Mental Health Coordinator - Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health
Captain David Hetman, Rensselaer County Jail
– Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office
Laura Bauer, Director of Probation – Rensselaer County Probation Department
Teresa Hansen, Probation Supervisor – Rensselaer County Probation Department
Tricia Hunter, Mental Health Probation Officer – Rensselaer County Probation Department
Lisa Scott, Probation Supervisor, Day Reporting and Chair of Jail Utilization Committee– Rensselaer County Probation Department
John Turi, Public Defender – Rensselaer County Public Defender’s Office
Art Glass, Acting District Attorney – Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office
Matt Montanino, Captain - Troy Police Department

Schenectady County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

Schenectady County Justice Mental Health Oversight Committee Members and Program Partners:

Darin Samaha, Director – Schenectady County Office of Community Services
Joseph Mancini, Probation Director – Schenectady County Probation Department
Tom Zampella, Deputy Director of Probation – Schenectady County Probation Department
Dennis Packard, Commissioner of Social Services – Schenectady County Department of Social Services
Claire Weiman, Clinical Director of Psychiatry - Ellis Hospital
Captain Robert Burns - Schenectady County Jail, Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office
Kevin Pausley, Probation Supervisor – Schenectady County Probation Department
Bill Frank, Director – Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency
Mark Russo, Public Defender – Schenectady County Public Defender’s Office
Margaret Coker, Behavioral Health Systems Administrator
Chief Brian Kilcullen - Schenectady City Police Department
NAMI Representative

Westchester County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

Westchester County Justice Mental Health Oversight Committee Members and Program Partners:

Kevin Cheverko, Correction Commissioner - Westchester County Department of Corrections
Ed Varela, Assistant Commissioner - Westchester County Department of Probation
Lt. Kevin Christopher, Lieutenant Commander - White Plains Department of Public Safety
Mark Giuliano, Program Director - Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health

Stakeholders:

Hon. Barbara Zambelli, Judge - Westchester County Court
Paul Scharf, Assistant DA - Westchester District Attorney’s Office
Robin Bauer, Attorney - Legal Aid Society
Lt. Michael Cindrich - Westchester County Department of Public Safety
Adam Black, Recipient Affairs Specialist - Westchester County Dept. of Community Mental Health
Victor Clark, Director – Westchester Independent Living Center
Diane Caruso - Westchester Empowerment Center
Guy Fessenden, Executive Director - CHOICE of New Rochelle
Dr. Jerome Norton, Mental Health Director - Correct Care Solutions
Dr. Alexis Gendell, Psychologist - Correct Care Solutions
Justin Pruyne, Deputy Correction Commissioner - Westchester County DOC
Linda Bartus, Program Administrator - TASC

Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health - Forensics:

Law Enforcement/Community

Keith Grant, Police Mental Health Outreach
LaMont Brown, Police Mental Health Outreach

Amy Flemming, Homeless Outreach/SOAR Trainer
Lili Knighton, Homeless Outreach
Anthony Olagbemi, Human Development Services Homeless Outreach
Danielle Cromartie, CHOICE Homeless Outreach

Courts/Community Corrections

Michelle Hart, Mental Health Court Coordinator
Christopher John, Forensic Care Coordinator/SOAR Trainer
Lauren Sucich, Forensic Care Coordinator
Homer Thornton, Forensic Care Coordinator
Taneda Holloway, Forensic Care Coordinator

Re-Entry

Barbara Lambros, Re-Entry Coordinator
Milder Belalcazar, Transitional Management/MGP State Prison/Parole Liaison
Ron Hood, Transitional Management/MGP County DOC
Joanna Young, Transitional Management/MGP County DOC

Community Support

Sara Servadio, AOT/Safe Act/730 Monitor
Alfredo Garcia, Dual Recovery Coordinator

Desh Connors, SPOA Coordinator
Sheila Boylan, SPOA Support
Maria Valone, SPOA Support

Phase II:  Commenced in August of 2014

The phase II counties are:  Albany, Erie, Niagara, Onondaga, and Orange

Additional JMHCP Training and Assistance

Olmstead Cabinet Report