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    Behavioral Health Court Impacts on Mental Health in the Marion County Criminal Justice System
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2017-03) Ray, Brad; Sapp, Dona; Thelin, Rachel
    Research has shown for many years that, nationally, persons with mental illness are disproportionately represented in jail and prison. The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the high prevalence of people with mental and substance use disorders involved with the justice system as a priority and has developed a range of policy initiatives, programs, and services that support improved “collaboration between the criminal justice and behavioral health systems (SAMHSA's Efforts on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Issues, 2017).” To address the needs of this population, representatives from the Marion Superior Court have partnered with the Indiana Judicial Center, the Indiana Department of Corrections, and the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) to establish the Behavioral Health Court (BHC; previously referred to as the Mental Health Alternative Court). The UWCI, in cooperation with the BHC team, requested the assistance of the Center for Criminal Justice Research (CCJR) at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute in evaluating BHC implementation processes and outcomes. Our initial assessment of the BHC, published in March 2016, provided a preliminary assessment of referrals and examined the characteristics of the population being served by the program. In this issue brief, we update the results of our previous study by further examining short-term criminal justice outcomes among BHC participants. Specifically, we look at changes in jail days following BHC participation and in doing so, compare BHC outcomes to two similar efforts currently operating in Marion County: the Psychiatric Assertive Identification and Referral (PAIR) program and the specialized mental health probation (MHP) program.
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    Indiana Rural Roads and Bridges: The Crumbling Reality and What it will Take to Mend These Critical Economic Arteries
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2016-08) Palmer, Jamie; McCullouch, Bob; Dumortier, Jerome; Marron, John; Ketzenberger, John
    Nearly $6.4 billion. That’s how much it would cost to bring all of Indiana’s rural roads up to an acceptable level and to repair or replace all of Indiana’s functionally obsolete or structurally deficient bridges. The number is nearly triple the state’s financial reserves. It’s quadruple the amount of new money legislators injected into the road funding formulas during the General Assembly’s 2016 session. It’s an enormous amount of money, yet for a state that rightly calls itself the Crossroads of America, the investment is necessary to ensure Indiana’s farmers and all who make a living in agriculture have a route to continued economic strength.
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    The Economic Contributions of Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine
    (Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, 2010-08) Klacik, Drew
    During the development of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Marian will invest $32,011,130 (not including financing costs) in building improvements and equipment purchases as well as over $700,000 in professional services contracts. The annual operating budget of the College will range from $14.6 million in 2013 to $18.2 million in 2016. Total employee compensation (wages and benefits) at Marian attributable to the College of Osteopathic Medicine will range from $7.6 million in 2013 to $10.5 million in 2016, and the number of students will gradually increase from 150 in 2013 (first year of classes) to 600 in 2016.
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    Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Children 2006
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Sapp, Dona; Nagle, Matthew
    Over 4,400 children were injured or killed in Indiana motor vehicle collisions in 2006. While most of these injuries were not life threatening, 45 were fatal and 235 were reported as incapacitating. This fact sheet summarizes data trends, safety legislation, and other research at the national, regional, and state level on traffic collisions involving children between 2003 and 2006.
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    Indiana Traffic Safety Facts:Occupant Protection 2006
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Lisby, Kathy J.
    Indiana’s observed seat belt use rate increased from a low of 62.1 percent in 2000 to a high of 84.3 percent in 2006. Nevertheless, 54 percent of the persons killed in traffic collisions in Indiana in 2006 (where restraint usage was known) were unrestrained. This fact sheet examines the use of protection devices such as safety belts, child restraint seats and airbags in motor vehicles, the laws governing the use of these, and the possible lives that could have been saved had protection devices been used.
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    Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Young Drivers 2006
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Nagle, Matthew
    Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for young people (ages 15 to 20) in the United States. In 2006 in Indiana, this age group represented nine percent of the population, seven percent of licensed drivers, and 18 percent of drivers involved in collisions. This fact sheet analyzes young driver involvement in collisions in Indiana from 2003 to 2006, including injury trends, driver contributing factors, restraint use, and alcohol involvement. Also included is a review of driver licensing standards and county comparisons of young driver involvement.
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    Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Speeding 2006
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Lisby, Kathy J.
    In 2006, there were 156 speed-related fatal collisions in Indiana that resulted in 171 fatalities. This fact sheet examines Indiana collisions involving speed, characteristics of the drivers who speed (age, gender, type of vehicle), the road conditions at the time of collisions, and the environmental factors relating to the crashes.
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    Indiana Traffic Safety Facts: Motocycles 2006
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Nunn, Samuel
    This fact sheet examines several aspects of motorcycle collisions within Indiana, including fatality and injury rates among riders, alcohol-related collisions, helmet use and effectiveness, licensing statistics, traffic citations and violations, and the overall geography of motorcycle collisions in the state. Summary data and national comparisons are taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Data specific to Indiana are drawn from the Vehicle Crash Records System (VCRS) from 2003 to 2006, maintained by the Indiana State Police.
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    Timely and Accurate Data Reporting is Important for Fighting Crime
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Thelin, Rachel; Stucky, Thomas
    This issue brief examines the rate at which Indiana jurisdictions report crime information to the FBI through the uniform crime reports (UCR).
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    Development of Evaluation Instruments for The LEAGUE
    (IU Public Policy Institute, 2007-05) Littlepage, Laura
    The LEAGUE has asked the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment to develop evaluation instruments for The LEAGUE, a system for schools and students to engage in a series of service events in the community.
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