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Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice-Involved Populations Part 1: Understanding the Unique Needs of Diverse Populations


Criminal justice-involved populations are particularly susceptible to substance use and its consequences. Furthermore, these populations often have unique needs due to their justice system contact, such as additional stressors, barriers to services, and loss of substance tolerance. These populations often would benefit from additional services from across the behavioral health continuum of care, and service providers should consider expanding services to better serve them. This three-part webinar series will explore how behavioral health professionals can best serve and reach these populations. It will provide an overview of criminal justice-involved populations and their differing needs. It will also discuss strategies for initiating and expanding collaborations with justice system organizations. Additionally, it will discuss specific substance use prevention and treatment, overdose prevention, and suicide prevention strategies for these populations. Lastly, the series will discuss the service needs of children of incarcerated parents and potential strategies for meeting them.

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This webinar will provide an introduction on criminal justice-involved populations for behavioral health professionals. It will overview the various populations within the criminal justice system and their needs across the behavioral health continuum of care, including lack of access to services while incarcerated and lack of case management during re-entry. It will also discuss how behavioral health professionals should consider risk versus need level and justice system stages when deploying services. Lastly, the webinar will discuss the unique substance use, overdose, and suicide risks associated with justice system-involvement, particularly at the point of community re-entry for incarcerated populations.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the need for behavioral health services among criminal justice-involved populations
  2. Understand the risk-need responsivity model, its use in determining treatment needs, and how it can be adapted to assessing prevention needs
  3. Identify and provide examples of the intercept points where individuals encounter the justice system and can receive behavioral health services
  4. Summarize the unique risks associated with justice system involvement


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Josh Esrick headshot

Josh Esrick, MPP, is the Chief of Training and Technical Assistance at Carnevale Associates, LLC. Mr. Esrick has over ten years of experience researching, writing, evaluating, and presenting on substance use prevention and other behavioral health topics. He is an expert in providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) in substance use, having overseen the development of hundreds of T/TA products for numerous clients, including six of SAMHSA’s ten regional Prevention Technology Transfer Centers (PTTCs), the PTTC Network Coordinating Office, the Central East ATTC and Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers (MHTTC), and SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). These trainings and products have covered a wide range of topics, including strategic planning, data collection and analysis, and identifying evidence-based prevention interventions for youth.

In addition to TTA, Mr. Esrick has directly provided many of these services to behavioral health agencies and other entities. He has published several academic journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Public Policy from George Washington University.


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Lauren Pappacena, MSW, is a Research Associate with Carnevale Associates. Lauren has a background in criminal justice and juvenile justice research specifically as it relates to evidence-based programs and practices spanning criminal justice topics, including corrections, law enforcement, reentry, and courts. Currently, she assists with training evaluations for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the PTTC, where she brings her experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis and data visualization.

With a strong interest in policy analysis, research translation, data collection, and analytic writing, Ms. Pappacena is published in the Journal of Human Rights and Social Work for her analysis of national early-release laws.




In order to be eligible for the 1.25 contact hours/certificate of attendance, you must join the live webinar in the Zoom platform.

Certificates must be requested within one week of the event and will be processed within 30 days.

If you are having issues accessing the room/application at the time of the event: Please email [email protected] at the start of the webinar so that we can assist you.


If you are in need of any special accommodations, please notify the Central East PTTC Webinar Team three weeks in advance of the event, or as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected].

This series is brought to you in collaboration with the Central East PTTC.

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Starts: Mar. 7, 2023 1:00 pm
Ends: Mar. 7, 2023 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
March 7, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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