Category: Stepping Up Initiative

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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Alamance County (NC) ‘Steps up’ to Reduce Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail

By CSG Justice Center Staff In his four decades in law enforcement Kirk Puckett, director of community relations for the Alamance County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department, has seen a sea change in the way that police interact with people who have mental illnesses in the criminal justice system. “It used to be that police had …

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Opinion: ‘Stepping Up’ for Pacific County

Chinook Observer By Cate Gable Recidivism is a $100 word that means relapse into crime. It’s most commonly used to refer to someone who has been in jail, is released, and then commits another crime and finds himself or herself back in jail. In other words, it’s “the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend.” …

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Register for Webinar: Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses Booked into Jails

Four Key Measures Webinar Series 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, June 7 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET The Stepping Up Six Questions framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of the …

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Watch Livestream: Helping Counties Collect Accurate, Accessible Data on People Who Have Serious Mental Illnesses in Jails

Date: Thursday, May 24 Time: 12:15–1:45 p.m. ET Watch next week’s livestream here. This month, the Stepping Up initiative launched a national effort to help counties collect accurate, accessible data on people entering their jails who have serious mental illnesses. As part of the effort, seven Innovator Counties have been selected as models for their expertise in …

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Counties Across the Country Participate in National Stepping Up Day of Action

By the Stepping Up Initiative The Stepping Up initiative marks its three-year anniversary today with a national Day of Action to raise awareness of the progress happening in counties to reduce the number of people who have mental illnesses in jails. During this Day of Action, county officials are hosting events or participating in local activities to …

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