Category: Stepping Up Initiative

Jan 04

Douglas County, Oregon Commissioners Sign ‘Stepping Up’ Resolution

KPIC By KPIC News Staff The Douglas County Commissioners signed a resolution supporting a call to action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the county jail. “Stepping Up to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in the Jails” is a national initiative, the county says. To date, 17 counties …

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Dec 27

Editorial: Stepping Up’s Aim to Cut Inmate Population Has Merit

Herald-Whig By Herald-Whig Staff Marion County is considering becoming part of a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in U.S. jail, who pose no safety risk. The Stepping Up program was launched in May 2015 and is sponsored by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of …

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Dec 13

Codington County (SD) Takes Steps to Limit Prison Time for Children, Mentally Ill

Watertown Public Opinion By J.T. Fey Codington County Commissioners took two steps they hope will eventually help prevent kids and the mentally ill from spending much time in prison. The commissioners first voted 5-0 to authorize chairman Myron Johnson to sign a memorandum of understanding to establish the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Committee. JDAI’s basic …

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Dec 08

400th County Joins Stepping Up

By CSG Justice Center Staff In a little more than two years, more than 400 counties—representing 43 states and 40 percent of the U.S. population—have joined Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. With the 400th county joining, Stepping Up counties now comprise 13 percent of …

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Dec 08

San Luis Obispo County Details Efforts to Address Mental Illness

SLO New Times By Chris McGuinness One week after the SLO County Jail experienced its third inmate death of 2017, the SLO County Board of Supervisors received an update on efforts to address growing concerns about the treatment and care of mentally ill individuals at the facility. Sheriff Ian Parkinson addressed the members of the board …

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Dec 04

Local Governments “Stepping up” to Help Inmates with Mental Illnesses

WTAJ By Jackie Padilla According to the Stepping Up Initiative, about 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are booked into local jails each year. And now representatives from across the state are working together to lower that number. Representatives from all 67 counties in Pennsylvania were invited to a two-day summit at the Penn Stater …

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Nov 29

“Stepping up” Initiative for Mental Health Taking Shape in Alamance County, NC

Mebane Enterprise By Adam Powell A large contingent of Alamance County elected officials, county employees, and local citizens made their way to San Antonio, Texas earlier this fall. The group received information about a diversionary program that could save the county time, money, and resources in dealing with mental health challenges among local residents. The …

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Oct 06

Mental Health: How Alabama Is Responding

Montgomery Advertiser By Kym Klass In her “come full circle” career, Lynn Beshear believes everything she has accomplished has led her to oversee the state’s mental health system. It comes from her time working in the Intensive Care Nursery at Duke University Medical Center, to her latest 17-year stint as executive director of Envision 2020 – where mental health …

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Sep 07

Yadkin County, NC Commissioners Learn at National Convention

The Yadkin Ripple By Beanie Taylor As students returned to their regular regime of learning, Yadkin County Commissioner Kevin Austin described the education commissioners received over the summer. In addition to one every early spring in Washington D.C., the National Association of Counties holds a traveling national conference every summer. “This is the first time any …

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Sep 03

Cops and the Mentally Ill: Finding a New Approach

The Crime Report By Isidoro Rodriguez On December 19, 2013, a man stood on the ledge of a bridge in Spokane, Wash., threatening to jump. Responding officers knew that if they tried to grab him, he would step off the ledge and fall into the river below. Instead, they spent almost 90 minutes listening and …

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