Category Archive: Stepping Up Initiative

Jul 19

County Making “Progress” to Keep People with Mental Illness out of Jail

East County Magazine By José A. Álvarez The County Board of Supervisors this week adopted a new alternative custody program that will help inmates with a mental illness re-enter the community. Programming for Reentry, Support and Stability, or PROGRESS, will address the mental health of sentenced offenders in an alternative custody setting. The County Probation Department, …

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Jul 18

Brunswick Co. Commissioners Approve Creation of Stepping Up Task Force

WECT By Jon Evans Brunswick County commissioners approved a plan Monday night to create a Stepping Up Task Force that, according to the proposal, will “develop an action plan that can be used to achieve a measurable impact in our local criminal justice system and reduce the cycling of those with mental health through the criminal justice …

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Jun 22

Register for Network Call: Conducting a Comprehensive Process Analysis and Inventory of Services for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Hosted by the National Association of Counties, with support from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation Date: Thursday, July 6 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the fourth network call in the Six Questions series: a deeper dive into the question “Have you conducted a comprehensive process analysis …

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Jun 12

Supervisors Step up on Mental Illness in Jails

Parker Pioneer The La Paz County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt a proclamation that commits them to a national initiative aimed at reducing the number of people with mental illness in county jails. Monday’s decision makes La Paz County the 15th Arizona County to commit to the Stepping Up Initiative, which, in turn, …

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Jun 02

‘Jails Have Become the Largest Provider of Mental Health Treatment in Our Nation’

KATU-2 By Tom Adams and EUGENE, Ore. – Here’s the problem: an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are locked up in county jails in America every year. “Jails have become the largest provider of mental health treatment in our nation,” said County Commissioner Jay Bozievich. What is the situation in Lane …

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May 19

Save the Date: Live Video Panel Discussion on Two Years of Stepping Up to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

Since its launch in May 2015, Stepping Up has called on counties to pass resolutions to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. So far, more than 350 counties have joined the initiative and started or enhanced comprehensive plans to impact the lives of people with mental illnesses in the justice system …

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May 03

Register for Stepping Up Network Call: Establishing Baseline Data for Mental Illness in Jails

Hosted by the Stepping Up Initiative Date: Wednesday, May 17 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the third network call in the Six Questions series: a deeper dive into the question “Do you have baseline data?” On this call, counties will engage in a facilitated discussion on establishing baseline data. Prior …

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May 01

Supervisors Join in Call for Aid with Prisoners with Mental Illness

Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald (Iowa) By Joyce Wiese and John Speer Tama County Supervisors Dan Anderson, Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest unanimously passed a resolution on Monday, April 24, entitled Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Counties routinely provide treatment services to the estimated two million people with …

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Apr 18

Pennsylvania Stepping Up Initiative to Tackle Mental Illness in County Jails

By CSG Justice Center Staff Pennsylvania became the third state to launch a statewide Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jails, joining Ohio and California on April 4. The announcement was made at the state’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board Conference by John Wetzel (left), secretary of the …

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Apr 11

On ‘Radio Times': Mentally Ill Inmates Overwhelm Pa. Jails

NewsWorks Nationally, prisons and jails are turning into modern day mental institutions. There’s an increase of people with serious mental illnesses being locked up behind bars. In Pennsylvania, the state Department of Corrections announced a plan to introduce the Stepping Up Initiative — a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses …

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