Category: stepping up

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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Register for Webinar: Increasing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses Connected to Treatment

 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, Oct. 25 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 four …

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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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WATCH: Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson Meets Face to Face with Client at Newly Opened Crisis Stabilization Unit

By CSG Justice Center Staff Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas became the latest governor to participate in Face to Face (#MeetFacetoFace), an initiative that encourages policymakers to connect with people closest to the correctional system. He joins 13 other governors—7 Republicans and 6 Democrats—as participants of the initiative, which is sponsored by the National Reentry Resource Center …

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Register for Webinar: Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People Who Have Mental Illnesses

 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, August 2 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 four …

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New Online Resource: Stepping Up County Self-Assessment

The Stepping Up County Self-Assessment is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails. The online tool guides counties to determine their implementation progress according to the framework detailed in Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail: Six Questions …

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Opinion: Lack of Data Turns Jails into Psychiatric Units

USA Today By Franklin County (OH) Sheriff Dallas Baldwin and Pacific County (WA) Sheriff Scott Johnson Doctors diagnosed Tiffany Barrett with bipolar disorder in 2004 after she tried to take her own life. But that information failed to reach a critical destination: Ohio’s Franklin County Jail. Instead, she spent the next seven years cycling in and out of …

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Watch: Stepping Up–Collecting Data to Drive Change

Stepping Up recently premiered an animated video describing how counties can collect accurate, accessible data on the number of people entering their jails who have mental illnesses, a critical first step for making measurable reductions to the prevalence of mental illness in jails. Several counties across the country are already using the data they’ve collected …

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