The Project Team

Jim Parsons, director, Substance Use and Mental Health Program. Jim’s work on substance use and mental health has included studies measuring the coincidence of mental illness and incarceration in New York City and Washington, DC; the provision of jail-to-community reentry services in New York and Los Angeles; and public health interventions for substance users.

David Cloud, program associate, Substance Use and Mental Health Program. David joined the Justice and Health Connect team in 2012 with a JD/MPH(candidate) and a background in research on legal and ethical issues arising in adult  mental health courts. He serves as Vera’s resident expert on justice and health information sharing as well as the implications of the Affordable Care Act for the justice system-involved population.

Olivia Sideman, research analyst, Substance Use and Mental Health Program. Olivia joined the Justice and Health Connect team in 2011 with both a legal and research background and experience working on a diverse range of issues in the criminal justice field, including the child welfare system, New York City’s family courts, and prosecutorial discretion.