Category: stepping up

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

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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Nov 02

Register for Network Call: Addressing Housing Needs of People in the Criminal Justice System Who Have Mental Illnesses

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, Nov. 16 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for a network call on the housing needs of people with mental illnesses who have had contact with 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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Oct 05

Register for Network Call: Tracking Progress on Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses 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, Oct. 19 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the sixth network call in the Six Questions series. On this call, a national expert and a county official from …

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Sep 28

Register for Webinar: Tracking Progress on Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses 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, Oct. 12 Time: 2–3:15 p.m. ET Join the Stepping Up partners for the sixth webinar in the Six Questions series. During this webinar, a national expert will provide an overview of …

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