Category Archive: stepping up

Mar 23

Register for Webinar: Conducting Timely Mental Health Screening and Assessment 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, April 6 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the second webinar in the Six Questions series, which will feature key strategies for conducting timely screening and …

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Mar 21

County to Receive Federal Assistance

The News Guard (Oregon) Lincoln County’s effort to reduce the number of people with mental illness in the criminal justice system has received a major boost, according to county officials. Lincoln County is one of just seven jurisdictions in the country selected to receive the services of a federal agency for an intensive planning process. “Fifty-four …

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Mar 16

Spartanburg County Makes Some Progress on Mental Health Care for Inmates

GoUpstate.com By Daniel J. Gross and Chris Lavender Seven months after Spartanburg County made a public commitment to reduce the number of inmates with a mental illness, progress has been made in some areas but not in others. Among the advances, more inmates are being screened for behavioral health issues. In September 2016, the jail …

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Mar 13

Seminar Tackles Mentally Ill and Incarceration

The Gainesville Sun By Cleveland Tinker Two national experts on reducing the incarceration rate of the mentally ill will be the featured guests at a seminar aimed at dealing with the issue locally. The free seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Bob Graham Center at Pugh Hall at 396 Buckman Drive …

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Mar 11

Supervisors Seek to Reduce Ontario County Jail Population

Finger Lakes Times By Mike Hibbard HOPEWELL (New York) — The Ontario County Board of Supervisors has backed several measures designed to reduce the number of inmates incarcerated at the county jail — and to lower costs related to the operation of the facility. At their meeting Thursday night, supervisors approved resolutions that came from …

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Mar 11

Marin Launches Effort to Reduce Number of Mentally Ill in Jail

Marin Independent Journal By Richard Halstead The county of Marin has joined a national campaign to do something about the inordinately large number of mentally ill people who are being incarcerated in local jails. At last count more than 300 counties had signed on to the “Stepping Up Initiative,” which is being spearheaded by the …

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Mar 03

County Looks to Reduce Number of Mentally Ill in Prison

Lehigh Valley Live By John Best An estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are admitted into jails each year in the United States, according to data from the Stepping Up Initiative. Northampton County Council passed a resolution Thursday that seeks to reduce the number of mentally ill people in the county prison. The resolution …

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