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 

Community Care Coordination
This is a link to the original description of Westchester Community Care Coordination program. The link takes you to the original description of the technical assistance the JMHCP planned on offering to the pilot counties.  However, just a year into this grant, there began a profound change in the behavioral health and health environments. Nationally, the Affordable Care Act became law and in New York State there was an enormous undertaking to change how Medicaid operated to lower costs and achieve better health outcomes. These two strategies continue to fundamentally change the landscape of community care coordination. As a result JMHCP technical assistance in community care coordination now reflects the evolving care management and coordination through Medicaid Health Homes.

 

Medicaid Health Homes and Criminal Justice Webinar on June 22, 2015

The focus of the JMHCP Technical Assistance is to support the educational efforts undertaken by the different systems to support their collaborative strategies. The following links take you to the Webinar recording and other resources or materials associated with the webinar.

 

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

Albany County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

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

William Connors, Director – Albany County Probation Department
Emma Forbes, Policy Analyst - Albany County Executive’s Office
Dr. Stephen Giordano, Commissioner - Albany County Mental Health Clinic
Michael Lyons, Assistant Superintendent – Albany County Correctional Facility
Michelle Mead, Mental Health Unit Coordinator – Albany County Department of Health
James Milstein, Public Defender/Co-Chair ATI Board – Albany County Office of the Public Defender
Thomas Qualtere, Medical Director – Albany County Department of Mental Health

Erie County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

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

George Alexander, Associate Director – Saving Grace Ministry
Kariann Algera, Senior Clinical Supervisor – Northwest Community Mental Health Center
Thomas Amodeo, Supervising Judge of City Courts – 8th Judicial District
Daniel Antonius, Director of Forensic Psychiatry – University at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry
Mary Lou Ardino, Senior Mental Health Specialist – Catholic Charities
Kimberly Beaty, Deputy Commissioner – Buffalo Police Department
Sarah Bonk, CIT Crisis Case Manager – Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services
Denis Bouchard, Chief Operating Officer – Housing Options Made Easy, Inc.
Alicia Boyle, Counselor – Northwest Community Mental Health Center
John Braciszewski, Program Director – Transitional Services, Inc.
Glen Briggs, Director of Adult Mental Health – Mid-Erie Counseling & Treatment Services
Tracie Bussi, Coordinator - Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services
Daniel Colpoys, Assistant Executive Director – Compeer of Greater Buffalo
James Cowle, Housing Coordinator – Restoration Society, Inc.
Michael Cummings, Executive Director of Behavioral Health – Erie County Medical Center, Dept. of Psychiatry
Brendon Dickman, Probation Supervisor – Erie County Probation Department
Rachel Donatelli, Counselor – Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc.
Jennifer Dunn, Treatment Court Case Manager – Lackawanna City Court
Ysaias Feliz, Deputy Commissioner – Erie County Probation Department
Paula L. Feroleto, JSC/AJ 8th JD – 8th Judicial District
Deborah Goldman, Interim Commissioner – Erie County Department of Mental Health
Michael Gordon, Coordinator of Forensic Services – Mid-Erie Counseling & Treatment Services
Brian Gould, Lieutenant – Cheektowaga Police Department
John Grieco, Director of Planning & Evaluation - Erie County Department of Mental Health
Alysa Gross, Executive Director – Saving Grace Ministry
Julie Gutowski, Managing Director of Clinical Operations – Spectrum Human Services
Alfonso Harris, Chief – Erie County Sheriff’s Office
Ricardo Herrera, Executive Director – Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers
Howard Hitzel, President – Lakeshore Behavioral Health
Randy Hoak, Commissioner – Erie County Senior Services
Marlaine Hoffman, Deputy Director of Informational Services – Erie County Central Police Services
Michelle Jacob, Director of Rehab Services – Horizon Health Services
Mike Kane, Legal Services & Advocacy Program – Mental Health Association
Scott Karaszewski, Support Services Manager – Rural Metropolitan
Maura Kelley, Director – Mental Health Peer Connection
Michael Knezevic, Chief – Erie County Sheriff’s Office
Samantha Koury, Student Intern – Jewish Family Services
Catherine Laughlan, Vice President – Lakeshore Behavioral Health
Kim Leonard, Case Manager – Erie County Senior Services
Danielle Maichle, Sup. Of Treatment Court Assignments – Legal Aid Bureau, Criminal Defense Unit
Patrick Mann, Captain – Buffalo Police Department
Frederic J. Marrano, Chief Judge, Drug Court Judge – Lackawanna City Court
Athena McCrory, Staff Attorney – Legal Aid Bureau, Criminal Defense Unit
Brian McLaughlin, Commissioner - Erie County Probation Department
Fran McLaughlin, Commissioner – Erie County Veterans Affair Department
Darlene Meyer, Clinical Manager – Buffalo City Mission
Cheryll Moore, Medical Care Administrator – Erie County Department of Health
Daniel Neaverth, Commissioner – Erie County Emergency Services
Bruce Nisbet, Executive Director – Spectrum Human Services
Wayne Nuness, MICA Specialist – Lakeshore Behavioral Health
Jack O’Connor, Coordinator of Volunteer Veterans Mentors – Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court
E. Jeannette Ogden, Judge-Buffalo City Court – 8th Judicial District
Briana Petersdorf, Program Director – Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc.
Jessica Pirro, Interim Executive Director – Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services
Donna Possenti, Clinical Director – Jewish Family Services
Aubrey Pula, Manager of Harbor House – Restoration Society, Inc.
Michael Ranney, Director of Intensive Adult Services – Erie County Department of Mental Health
Michelle Rijos, Apartment Program Coordinator – Transitional Services, Inc.
Janell Rosati, APIC Project Coordinator – Erie County Medical Center Department of Psychiatry
Marcy Rose, President – National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI Buffalo)
Raine Schreiner, Senior Director – Buffalo City Mission
Frank Sedita, District Attorney – Erie County District Attorney’s Office
Judy Shanley, 1st Deputy Commissioner – Erie County Department of Social Services
Jeff Smith, Mental Health Coordinator – 8th Judicial District
Vickie Smith, Instructor – Buffalo Police Department
Angel Steele, Clinical Manager – Buffalo City Mission
Sue Sweet, Paralegal – Legal Aid Bureau, Criminal Defense Unit
Daniel Szewc, Long Term Care Coordinator – Erie County Senior Services
Richard Tobe, Deputy County Executive – Erie County
Emily Valentine, Student Intern – Jewish Family Services
Eric Weigel, Director of Community Integration – Erie County Department of Mental Health

Niagara County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

Niagara County's Behavioral Health Justice Committee

Mission Statement:

The committee exists to promote the safety of the citizens of Niagara County and the efficient and just treatment of offenders by introducing and maintaining ongoing interdisciplinary training and education focused on the reduction of crime and recidivism for individuals suffering from behavioral or mental illness.

Niagara County’s Behavioral Health Justice Committee Members

Lisa Baehre, Assistant District Attorney -Niagara County District Attorney's Office
Eric Boerdner, CRTF  Reentry Coordinator - Community Missions, Inc.
John Cicchetti, Probation Director - Niagara County Probation
Trish Copeland, Clinic Director - The Dale Association, North Tonawanda, NY
Michael Corcoran, Lieutenant - Niagara Falls Police Department
Daniel Engert, Captain - Niagara County Sheriff's Department
David Farrugia, Public Defender - Niagara County Public Defender’s Office
Steven Ferguson, Peer Advocate Coordinator - Mental Health Association of Niagara County
Laura Hickey, Director of ER - Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
John LaHood, Veteran Justice Outreach Program Coordinator – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Joanna Marble, Administrative Assistant - Niagara County Manager
Burt Marshall, Director of Services - Niagara County Department of Social Services
Michelle Messina, Director - Eastern Niagara Hospital
Anthony Restaino, Commissioner - Niagara County Department of Social Services
Kelly Rizzo, Deputy Chief - Niagara Falls Police Department
Joseph Sbarbati, Associate Director - Community Missions, Inc.
James Swift, Supervising Social Worker - Niagara County Mental Health Department Crisis Services
Michael Veruto, Chief Clerk - Supreme and County Courts in Niagara County

Onondaga County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

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

Linda Abbey, Probation Officer - Onondaga County Probation Department
Katie Backus, Director – Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care
Barry Beck, Deputy Commissioner - Onondaga County Department of Adult & Long Term Care
Mike Caiella, Captain – Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office
Chuck Combs, Supervisor – Onondaga County Emergency Communications
Tim Cowin, Commissioner of Corrections – Onondaga County Correctional Facility
Deanne Day, Behavioral Health Director - Onondaga Count Correct Care Solutions
Hon. Stephen Dougherty, Supervising City Court Judge – Syracuse City Court Phil Galuppi, Principle Probation Officer – Onondaga County Probation Department
Kristin Jackson, Probation Officer – Onondaga County Probation Department
Jeremy Klemanski, Executive Director – Syracuse Behavioral Health
Dyana Morrow, Regional Manager for Quality and Compliance – St. Joseph’s Hospital-Health Homes
Justin Scott, Peer Recovery Coach - Catholic Charities/Hope Connections
Andrew Sicherman, Commissioner of Probation – Onondaga County Probation Department
Melissa Wenham, Probation Officer – Onondaga County Probation Department

Orange County Justice Mental Health Collaboration Program

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

Nadia Allen, Executive Director - Mental Health Association in Orange County
Laura Altieri, Orange Co. Mobile Mental Health Coordinator – Access: Supports for Living (ASFL)
Paul Ammendola, Executive Director, Bridges Of New York
Barbara Biasotti, Community Member/Family
Michael Biasotti - Retired New Windsor Police Chief/Family/Community Member
Thomas Bolzan, Deputy Commissioner - Orange County Department of Mental Health (OCDMH)
Rebekah Caruso, Family Engagement Specialist - Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP)
Carl Clark, Vet to Vet Coordinator - Pcf. Dwyer Project, Mental Health Association in Orange County
Nolly Climes, Director of Programs - Rehabilitation Support Services
Robert Conflitti, O.C Attorney - Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Joseph Czajka, Executive Director - Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP)
Daniel Doellinger, Chief - Town of Chester Police Department
Sabrina Drayton, Parole Officer - NYS Parole
Kristen Fortuna, Co-Chair - Orange County Trauma Institute
Tiffany Gagliano, Senior County Attorney - Family Division
Kevin Hayes, Director of Logistics - Mobile Life
Joe Hodges - TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities)
Elizabeth Holbrook, Chief Court Clerk - Family Court Division
David Hoovler, District Attorney - Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Meghan Keener, Forensic Coordinator - Orange County Department of Mental Health (OCDMH)
Holly Kuttruf, Clinical Director - Belvedere Services
Melissa Laks, Probation Officer - Orange County Probation Department
Daniel Maughan, Vice President of Patient Care Operations - St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
Steven Miccio, Executive Director - People Inc.
Darcie Miller, Comissioner - Department of Social Services
     Acting Commisoner - Department of Mental Health
Derek Miller, Director - Orange County Probation Department
Lydia Mowry, Integrity Officer - Orange County Department of Social Services
Karen Neis, State Executive Director - Bridges of New York State
Paul Pacheco, Bureau Chief - NYS Parole
Steven Pack, Coordinator, Orange County Juvenile Detention Alternatives
Charlie Quinn, Deputy Director of Operations - Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP)
Brendan Reilly, Hosp. Diversion Specialist, Peer Specialist – Independent Living, Inc.
Tammy Rhein, Director of CD Services - Orange County Department of Mental Health (OCDMH)
Raymond Rodriguez, Regional Director Peer Services - Independent Living, Inc.
Dhanu Sannesy, Vice President - NAMI-AMICO, Inc. (National Alliance on Mental Illness County of Orange)
Robyn Sellet, Director of Clinical Services - Catholic Charities Community Services
Peggy Spagnola, President - NAMI-AMICO, Inc.  (National Alliance on Mental Illness County of Orange)
     Coordinator Family Support, Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc.
Jeff Spitz, Executive Director - Restorative Management
Carl Wisher, RPC Forensic Support Team Member - Office of Mental Health
William Worden, Chief of Police - Port Jervis Police Department
     President - Police Chiefs Association

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