9-1-1 Emergency

9-1-1 emergency is a system for individuals to report emergencies and request immediate assistance from law enforcement or emergency medical services.

9-8-8 Crisis Hotline

9-8-8 crisis hotline is a national emergency number for individuals to access behavioral health crisis support and resources, typically without law enforcement involvement.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

ACEs refers to traumatic experiences in childhood such as abuse or neglect, which increase the risk of negative health outcomes.

Advisory Bodies

Advisory bodies are groups of experts who provide advice and guidance to organizations, agencies, or governments on specific topics or issues.

Advocacy Bodies

Advocacy bodies are organizations or groups that promote and protect the rights and interests of individuals with behavioral health needs within the criminal justice system.

Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI)

Alternatives to incarceration (ATI) refer to programs and interventions designed to divert individuals with behavioral health issues from the criminal justice system.


Associations refer to professional organizations or groups that bring together individuals with common interests, goals, and expertise in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral health refers to the interconnectedness of mental health and substance use, and the impact on individual and community well-being.

Behavioral Health Courts

Behavioral health courts are specialized court programs that provide treatment and support to individuals with mental health and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system.

Black & African American

In criminal justice behavioral health, Black or African American refers to individuals who identify as Black, African American, or of African descent.

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