Department of Justice Guidance on ADA and the Criminal Justice System

The Justice Department has issued guidance  to facilitate criminal justice entities' compliance with the ADA during interactions with individuals with mental health disabilities or I/DD. The document sets forth the key regulatory provisions under the ADA and provides examples of how local law enforcement, corrections, and justice systems entities have facilitated compliance with these obligations. The document also provides recommendations for anticipating and preparing for disability-related needs of individuals with mental health disabilities or I/DD by training criminal justice personnel, conducting reviews of policies and procedures, and collaborating with mental health and disability service providers. Lastly, the document provides examples from the Department's criminal justice enforcement actions and includes links to additional governmental resources.

For a copy of the guidance document or to find out more about the ADA, visit or call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-0383 (TDD).