Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition


The Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition came together in September 2014 to address the high rates of criminal justice involvement for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Focusing on state level policies, the Coalition includes mental health and criminal justice advocates who are committed to reducing criminal justice involvement for this population and creating policy solutions that promote wellness and recovery.

Members include:

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Katharine Ligon, Mental Health Policy Analyst
National Alliance on Mental Illness Texas
Greg Hansch, Public Policy Director
Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
Douglas Smith, Policy Analyst
Mental Health America of Texas
Gyl Switzer, Public Policy Director
Texas Jail Project
Diana Claitor, Executive Director
Grassroots Leadership
Cate Graziani, Mental Health Campaigns Coordinator

Contact information: Cate Graziani,


The Treatment Industrial Complex: How For-Profit Prison Corporations are Undermining Efforts to Treat and Rehabilitate Prisoners for Corporate Gain, Co-Published with Caroline Issacs (American Friends Service Committee) and Southern Center for Human Rights, November 2014.


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