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Criminal and Juvenile Justice

SAMHSA promotes early intervention and treatment as healthier alternatives to detaining people with behavioral health conditions in the U.S. justice system. In doing this work, SAMHSA recognizes the balance of public health and public safety priorities.
Learn about this essential tool that helps communities better serve individuals with mental and substance use problems who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Explore TTA sites that provide information and resources for behavioral health and criminal justice issues.

GAINS Center

The GAINS Center focuses on expanding access to services for people with mental and substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system. 


SAMHSA’s SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery program increases access to Social Security disability benefits for eligible individuals who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorder.

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