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Training & Education

JCMH connects judges and lawyers with data-driven training resources on specific mental health related laws and procedures to enable the implementation of policies and procedures within the justice system that improves the lives of individuals with mental health needs, substance abuse disorders, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The Center for Court Innovation works to create a fair, effective, and humane justice system. CCI "conceives, plans, and operates programs that seek to test new ideas, solve difficult problems, and achieve system change." CCI utilizes collaboration to accomplish these goals. 

CCI offers a free video-based training website for treatment courts that includes: 

  • Adult Drug Court
  • Juvenile Drug Treatment Court
  • Veterans Treatment Court
  • Healing to Wellness Court


Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with IDD

An online, self-paced training that HHSC developed on the mental health needs of people with IDD. Created for direct service workers, the course is for anyone who supports people with IDD and consists of 6 modules that can be taken separately:

1. Co-occurring Disorders: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Illness
2. Trauma-informed Care (TIC) for Individuals with IDD
3. Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Support
4. Overview of Genetic Syndromes Associated with IDD
5. Overview of Medical Diagnoses Associated with IDD
6. Putting It All Together: Supports and Strategies for DSWs

County and State Data: Mapping the Mental Health of Our Communities

Mental Health America's Unique County & State Data
Watch Recording Now

Be among the first to see Mental Health America's unique county and state data project in a one-of-a-kind dashboard in this free webinar. This webinar will: Review the MHA's Screening Program and MHA and Lundbeck's recent COVID-19 data brief series; Discuss real-world implications of this project, and utilize this data to inform public policy opportunities for earlier intervention; Demonstrate the mapping dashboard functionality.

This webinar will:

  • Review the MHA Screening Program and MHA and Lundbeck’s recent COVID-19 data brief series
  • Discuss real-world implications of this project, and utilize this data to inform public policy opportunities for earlier intervention
  • Demonstrate the mapping dashboard functionality

The Council of State Governments: Justice Center

Mental Health Courts Learning Modules

Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum is a free online multimedia curriculum for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or just learn about mental health courts. 

NPC Research provides quality social services evaluation, policy analysis, research and training nationwide. NPC Research provides free resources and educational materials online, and offers other additional services. 

Examples of NPC Training Topic Areas:

  • Logic model development
  • Survey development
  • Risk assessment tool development and application
  • Strengths Assessment
  • Drug Court Evaluation (Juvenile, Adult, Family)
  • Cost-benefit analysis tool development and application
  • Data collection (retrospective, administrative, etc.)
  • Qualitative data analysis (analysis of open-ended responses)
  • Quantitative data analysis (analysis of closed-ended responses)

Examples of NPC Resources (Presentations/Materials) Topic Areas:

  • Child Abuse & Prevention
  • Community Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drug Courts/Problem-Solving Courts
  • Early Childhood & Family Well-being
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Literacy
  • Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment
  • Youth Development 


Materials published on the JCMH website are helpful reports and resources for judges and attorneys handling cases regarding persons with mental illness and/or IDD and are intended for reference use only. They are not legal advice, and may not represent the official opinion of the JCMH.

The inclusion of external links are not endorsements by the JCMH of the content of the websites, or of their policies, services or opinions of the organization or individual. The JCMH reserves the right to decline requests for the addition of external resources.