Justice Related Services

Justice Related Services (JRS) are overseen by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS).  JRS is responsible for managing the interface between OMHSAS and the criminal justice system. OMHSAS collaborates with involved stakeholders to propose justice related programs, assist in legislation, provide consultation and provide education and training.

Justice Related Services Contact

Jessica Penn Shires
DHS-OMHSAS
Commonwealth Towers, 12th Floor
303 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Ph. 717.787.6443
Fax 717.705.8386 

Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements and the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) established the Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee (MHJAC) in the summer of 2009.  The establishment of this committee is the result of a Strategic Plan recommendation developed by the Mental Health Task Force of the Commission on Justice Initiatives with the assistance of the Council of State Governments (CSG).  

This advisory committee provides guidance and structure to ensure that Pennsylvania's criminal justice/mental health activities are coordinated statewide and ensures that counties receive the guidance and support necessary to implement effective responses. In partnership with DHS/OMHSAS, the advisory committee includes representatives from state agencies, county leadership, the courts, district attorneys, public defenders, consumers and families as well as other criminal justice and mental health advocates and practitioners from across the Commonwealth.

Learn more about the MHJAC  

Resources

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

SAMHSA GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

Bureau of Justice Assistance