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Addressing Justice System Inequities Head-On
Leaders of local criminal justice initiatives often need to facilitate sensitive conversations when evidence points to disparities in the system. Disparate outcomes can take many different forms, such as longer jail stays for people with serious mental illnesses or disproportionate numbers of people of color being booked into jail. Elevating these topics as priorities and guiding system stakeholders toward meaningful action may feel uncomfortable, challenging, and stressful for the people driving the conversation. During this webinar, a panel of county justice system directors will share their approach for championing change when systemic disparities demand a new path forward. Read More
Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice: Using Data to Identify and Serve People who Frequently Utilize Health, Human Services and Justice Systems
In Part 2 of the webinar series with the Data-Driven Justice Initiative, this webinar featured counties that have implemented policies and practices that identify frequent utilizers of these systems and use this information to connect people with appropriate treatment and services. Read More
Stepping Up and Data-Driven Justice: Using and Sharing Data Across Health, Human Services and Justice Systems to Improve Responses for People who Have Mental Illnesses
The first in a two-part webinar series with Data-Driven Justice, this webinar focused on the collection, management and sharing of data and addressed primary challenges counties often face in these efforts. Subject matter experts discussed how they implemented processes to collect, share, integrate and analyze data on people involved in multiple county systems. Read More
Strategies for Better Serving People with Mental Illnesses Involved in the Justice System
Jails across the country are struggling with too many people with mental illnesses in their jails. In this workshop, hear from county leaders about their policies, practices and programs to keep people with mental illnesses out of jails, provide appropriate care to those who are in jails and better connect them to community-based treatment and services after release. Read More
Engaging People with Mental Illnesses in Your Planning Efforts
Counties across the country have committed to creating data-driven, systems-level plans to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails. Individuals with mental illnesses and their family members should play a key role in your planning efforts. They can be strong allies in building goodwill with the broader community, getting positive media attention for your efforts and advising on strategies that work for advancing mental health recovery. These individuals also can assist in training law enforcement in programs like Crisis Intervention Teams, providing peer support to individuals and families in crisis and identifying the impact your Stepping Up work is having. On this webinar, national experts and county officials describe strategies for meaningfully including people with mental illnesses and their families in your Stepping Up efforts. Read More
Communicating About Your Efforts to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail
More than 420 counties have joined the national Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails. Although counties have made progress toward addressing this issue, many still struggle with how to effectively communicate about their work with the public and the media. During this webinar, county leaders earn from national experts and their peers about strategies for engaging the public and media around Stepping Up efforts, including key messaging points and how to engage individuals with mental illnesses and their families to gain support for these efforts. Participants also receive an update about the national Stepping Up Day of Action on May 16 and how to get involved in hosting their own local events. Read More
Tracking Progress on Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
This webinar provided counties with strategies for how they can track their progress on addressing the four key measures in their communities Read More
Fairfax County, Va.: The Diversion First Initiative to Reduce Incarceration of People with Mental Illnesses
Fairfax County, Va., launched its Diversion First initiative in 2015 to offer alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low-level offenses. The initiative began with an initial 40-person stakeholder group that has expanded to more than 180 members who meet quarterly as a whole and participate in various work groups on issues such as data and evaluation, communications, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training and more. Through every step of the initiative, the leadership and stakeholders’ groups communicate to the community about the work being done and the potential impact of these efforts to gain and maintain public support and trust. Read More