Category Archive: Stepping Up Initiative

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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Apr 05

Corrections Launching Study On Mentally Ill Inmates In County Jails

WESA By Katie Meyer The commonwealth is embarking on a long-term plan to reduce the numbers of mentally ill inmates in county prisons. The project will see the Department of Corrections team up with the Council of State Governments Justice Center, a national organization it has previously worked with to reduce state prison costs. Richard …

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Apr 05

Editorial: ‘Stepping up’ on Prison Reform

The Intelligencer “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” The guy making that crack about jail isn’t a psychiatrist or some sort of credentialed mental health expert. He’s Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. The point Herdman was making to a reporter for the Philadelphia …

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Apr 04

Can Pennsylvania Find a Way out for Thousands of Mentally Ill Inmates Languishing in County Jails?

Philly.com By Samantha Melamed Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, sometimes describes the county jails this way: “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” Forty percent of Philadelphia inmates are on psychotropic medications; 17 percent have what’s considered a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, …

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Apr 04

Pennsylvania Joins Stepping Up Initiative

The Sentinel By Joshua Vaughn Each year an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illness are admitted into county jails and prisons in the United States, according to Richard Cho, Council of State Governments Justice Center director of behavioral health. On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel and Cho announced that Pennsylvania would …

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Apr 04

Podcast: Alternatives to Prison for People with Mental Illness

WITF By Rich Copeland Nearly two million people with serious mental illnesses are incarcerated in America every year.  About a quarter of Pennsylvania’s prisoners suffer from mental illness.  The chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons describes the state’s county jail system as “the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” …

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