Current Learning & Engagement Opportunities

The TA Center creates opportunities for behavioral health and justice system leaders to learn from and engage with each other on behavioral health and justice topics.

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Eliminate the Wait

Eliminate the Wait is a state-wide campaign to help reduce the wait for inpatient competency restoration services and improve outcomes for people found incompetent to stand trial.

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Jail In-Reach Learning Collaborative (JIRLC)

The JIRLC is a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for county teams to identify strategies to actively monitor people who have been found incompetent to stand trial and to reduce the wait for inpatient competency restoration services.

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Pre-Arrest Diversion Learning Collaborative

The Pre-Arrest Diversion Learning Collaborative supports county behavioral health and law enforcement professionals in developing strategies to prevent people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities from being arrested or incarcerated.


Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) Community of Practice

The Texas SIM Community of Practice helps communities reach goals set during SIM mapping workshops.

Suicide Care in Texas Juvenile Justice Settings Learning Collaborative

The Suicide Care in Texas Juvenile Justice Settings Learning Collaborative is a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for Texas county teams to work together to implement strategies to reduce suicide risk among justice involved youth.

Texas Behavioral Health and Justice Webinar Series

The Texas Behavioral Health and Justice Webinar Series is a bi-monthly topical learning series for behavioral health and justice system stakeholders.

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Texas Competency Restoration Guide

The Competency Restoration Guide provides an overview of the competency restoration process, a set of principles to support a more efficient and effective system, and supplemental guidance to determine the most appropriate CR placement.

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Behavioral Health and Justice Strategic Planning Resources

The TA center has developed resources, templates, and tools to support behavioral health and justice system planning in communities around Texas.

Reentry Learning Collaborative

The Reentry Learning Collaborative will support local teams in developing comprehensive reentry programs that provide continuity of care and recovery support for people with mental illness or co-occurring substance use disorders who are returning to the community following incarceration.