Adult/Older Adult > Justice-related Services
Justice Related Services are overseen by the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary on Justice Related Services and Special Populations is responsible for managing the interface between OMHSAS and the criminal justice system. The interface between the mental health and criminal justice systems is significant. OMHSAS collaborates with involved stakeholders to propose justice related programs, assist in legislation, provide consultation and provide education and training.

Justice Related Services Contacts

  • Jessica Reichenbach, Justice Related Services
  • Terry Moloney, Justice Related Services

    DGS Annex Complex
    Administration Building #11
    PO Box 2675
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105-2675
    717-787-6443 (Phone)
    717-787-5394 (Fax)

Statewide Strategic Plan

The Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence (CoE) is a collaborative effort of Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh. It is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency and the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The purpose of the CoE is to work with Pennsylvania communities to identify points of interception at which an intervention can be made to prevent individuals with mental illness from entering or penetrating deeper into the criminal justice system. The CoE will serve as a resource for counties for planning and implementing programs, providing information to promote their use of evidence-based practices and serve as a resource for technical assistance and training. The CoE will also host a central repository for collected data and information on criminal justice/mental health responses in Pennsylvania.

OMHSAS Justice Related Service presents Developing a Solid and Effective, Peer Driven, Forensic Peer Support Program. Forensic Peer Support is Peer Support offered in Criminal Justice Settings. This document summarizes some of the crucial steps and considerations organizations might want to think about when developing a Forensic Peer Support Program.  It also outlines steps, tips and examples that benefit planning and development.