Category: stepping up

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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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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