DCS/LGU Resources

Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Alert Tool

The Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors (CLMHD), representing the County Mental Health Commissioners/ Directors of Community Services (DCSs), have long recognized that individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders often encounter the criminal justice system and the county jails, due in part to behaviors related to their untreated or ineffectively treated mental illness or addiction. CLMHD set out to develop a process in which a county can obtain criminal justice system data sets from various resources (i.e., Jail Rosters, Arraignment Lists, Police Blotters, VINE, etc.) to compare against a select number of indicators within the statewide Medicaid database, Psychiatric Services and Clinical Knowledge System (PSYCKES). The purpose of this process is to identify individuals involved with the criminal justice system (incarceration/arrest) with Medicaid coverage and who have received mental health and/or substance use treatment prior to their involvement with the system. The Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Alert Tool was developed for LGUs to utilize in collaboration with entities found within the Criminal Justice System.

Access the Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Alert Tool

BHCJ Alert Tool User Guide

Tutorial Links:

Accessing the Tool:

The process of obtaining log-in credentials for the Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Alert Tool must be facilitated by the DCS. DCSs are responsible for identifying which individuals will have access to the tool.

DCSs must submit an Authorized User Request Form to CLMHD for usernames to be created and access to the tool to be granted. Completed Authorized User Request forms may be submitted to Francine Sinkoff at FS@CLMHD.ORG.

Once a Username has been created, the user will receive an email with a link to establish a password. Please note - this link will only be valid for 72 hours.