Category: Stepping Up Initiative

County Commits to Reducing Mental Illness in Jail

Monterey Herald By Jim Johnson Monterey County has signed onto a nationwide effort to addressing the high numbers of mentally ill inmates in the County Jail. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution joining the nationwide Stepping Up Initiative coalition dedicated to the cause, entitled “Stepping Up to Reduce the Number of People …

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[Register for Webinar] Stepping Up: Three Steps to Identifying and Collecting Data on People with Mental Illnesses in Your Jail

Hosted by the National Association of Counties In the four years since launching Stepping Up, more than 475 counties have joined the national initiative to reduce mental illness in jails. Key to these efforts is having an effective process in place to accurately identify and collect data on individuals with mental illnesses that enter county …

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County Joins National Initiative to Reduce Jail Bookings, Connect Mentally Ill Inmates to Help

South Washington County Bulletin By Jackie Renzetti Joining a national movement, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry has pledged to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail. Alongside the county’s community corrections, public health and community services departments, the Sheriff’s Office has signed on to a national initiative called Stepping Up. Co-founded in …

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Register for Webinar: ‘Stepping Up’ Your Efforts to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

Hosted by the National Association of Counties Since May 2015, more than 450 counties have joined the national Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people who have mental illnesses in jails. Counties have shown significant progress on impacting this goal, but many still struggle with how to get started or how to keep …

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In Focus: Collecting and Analyzing Baseline Data

In Focus: Collecting and Analyzing Baseline Data is a new brief from the Stepping Up partners designed to help counties collect and analyze baseline data on the prevalence of people in their jails who have serious mental illnesses (SMI), specifically along the recommended four key measures: (1) the number of people booked into jail who have SMI; (2) …

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American Jail Association 38th Annual Conference and Jail Expo

The American Jail Association (AJA) Annual Conference and Jail Expo is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. The conference will offer an educational conference with networking opportunities, professional development, and access to emerging jail technologies and products. Topics will include issues related to mental health; bail reform; comprehensive reentry …

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Stepping Up Unites Law Enforcement, Mental Health Staff

The Messenger By Joe Sutter To help those with a mental health challenge takes many experts from many different specialties. Providers from the emergency room, the mental health clinic, and county mental health organizers get to meet face to face with sheriff’s deputies, Fort Dodge police and jail staff monthly at meetings of the Stepping …

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Pennsylvania Launches First-in-Nation Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center Focused on Helping Counties Reduce Number of People in Jail with Mental Illnesses

By CSG Justice Center Staff Secretaries of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, Department of Corrections, and others launched a first-of-its-kind resource center on Oct. 15 in Philadelphia focused on helping counties reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail through research-driven approaches. The Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center, established by the Pennsylvania Commission on …

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Butler County Honoring Those Who Help Mentally Ill, Addicts

Journal-News By Denise G. Callahan Criminal justice professionals and mental health and addiction agencies who have been working to help rather than incarcerate those with mental illness and addiction issues will be honored today in Butler County. The first-time ceremony will recognize a number of people through Butler County’s Stepping Up Initiative, a collaborative effort to …

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Mental Health Workers Say They Are Working to Keep People out of Jail

The Messenger It’s been about one year since statewide changes caused a shift in how the local mental health region is run. Administrator Alison Hauser and nine employees shared some of the successes with the Webster County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, and they explained their specialized roles within the Western Quadrant of County Social …

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