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OMH Data and Information

Cover of Patient Characteristics Survey Patient Characteristic Survey (PCS) Portal Leaving OMH site
Provides a comprehensive one-week snapshot of the population served by State public mental health system and the services received. Demographic, clinical, and service-related information is included and presented in two formats: Summary Reports that allow users to sort data by geographic region of provider and other demographic variables, and Planning Reports that present penetration rates and national outcome measures.

Resources for Mental Health Providers
OMH has developed a series of training programs and resource materials for enhancing the skills and competencies of providers serving persons with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system.

National Forensic Data and Information Resources

  • Adolescents Offenders with Mental Health Disorders Leaving OMH site
    From the Fall 2008 (Vol 18, No. 2) issue of Juvenile Justice, this article by Dr. Thomas Grisso focuses on the clinical relationships between mental disorders and aggression, prevalence of mental disorders among adolescent offenders, community responses, and policy recommendations for more effective treatment and support for adolescents with mental health challenges and their families.
  • Consumers and Representatives of the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems in Dialogue PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
    This CMHS publication reports on a 2004 dialogue among invited mental health consumers who had contact with the criminal justice system and other representatives of the criminal justice and mental health systems. The dialogue identified issues including diversion from incarceration, prevention to avoid entry into jails and community reentry efforts; factors that promote or hinder recovery from mental illnesses; and resulted in recommendations to transform services, foster recovery, and promote community integration.
  • Correctional Population in the United States, 2010 Leaving OMH site
    Presents statistics on the number of offenders under the supervision of adult correctional authorities in the United States at yearend 2010.The report also examines the impact of the changes in the community supervision and incarcerated populations during the year on the change observed in the total correctional population.
  • Criminal Justice/Mental Health Local Programs Database of the Council of State Governments Justice Center Consensus Project Leaving OMH site (formerly known as the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Information Network)
    This interactive, searchable database of collaborative criminal justice/mental health programs allows visitors to can search for programs by state, issue area, or key word, and program administrators to register and submit profiles of their individual programs by completing a short online survey. This database is intended as a resource for policymakers, practitioners, program planners and administrators, and others working to improve the response to people with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. It is a platform for sharing expertise.
  • Criminal Justice Primer for State Mental Health Agencies PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
    This 2002 publication of the National Technical Assistance Center of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors offers decision makers and their staffs a basic understanding of the growing overlap between the criminal justice and mental health systems.
  • Guide to Collecting Mental Health Court Outcome Data PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
    A publication of the Council of State Governments, prepared for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this guide is designed to help both well-established and newly operating courts develop practical, feasible, and effective strategies for collecting outcome data.
  • How Forensic Peer Specialists Can Help Your Program PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
    This 2007 Net/Teleconference was given by the CMHS National GAINS Center for Systemic Change for Justice Involved Persons with Mental Illness.
  • Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses under Community Corrections Supervision: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
    This 2009 Council of State Governments Justice Center publication reviews the body of recent research on community corrections supervision for people with mental illnesses and translates the findings to help officials develop effective interventions.
  • Lifelines: Linking to Federal Benefits for People Exiting Corrections PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site
    Released by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in late October 2009, this compilation of three volumes makes the case for assisting people with mental illnesses in corrections facilities to gain prompt access to federal benefits that enable successful re-entry. It also provides a roadmap for state and local governments to enable access, and emphasizes the need for collaboration between corrections and mental health personnel.
  • Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates Leaving OMH site
    This 2006 Department of Justice study highlights self-reported mental health issues among persons incarcerated in jails and prisons.
  • Prevalence of Serious Mental Illness among Jail Inmates Leaving OMH site
    Published in Psychiatric Services in 2009, this study estimates current prevalence rates of serious mental illness among adult male and female inmates in five jails during two time periods.
  • Probation and Parole in the United States, 2010 Leaving OMH site
    Presents statistics about adult offenders under community supervision while on probation or parole during 2010.
  • The Released Leaving OMH site
    This Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Frontline documentary by filmmakers Karen O'Connor and Miri Navasky chronicle what happens to offenders with serious mental illness when they leave prison and the struggles they endure to remain free.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Office of Planning.