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Middlesex County, Mass.: Building Regional Partnerships to Address Emerging Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Trends
Middlesex County, Mass., is a large and diverse county encompassing 54 different cities and towns of various sizes. Throughout these jurisdictions, leaders were seeing similar trends in opioid-related crimes and fatalities and increasing law enforcement contact with people with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office was seeing the impact on its jail population. In 2016, the county adopted a regional approach to combat these issues by establishing partnerships between the sheriff and chiefs of police from police departments within the county. As of June 2017, 21 of the 54 police departments within the county had joined the Data-Driven Justice initiative and assigned a staff person to work collaboratively to address these issues. Read More
Coconino County, Ariz.: Building a Culture of Collaboration to Inform Criminal Justice Initiatives
In 2010, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors requested a recidivism study on people being released from the county jail. This request kicked off the county’s efforts to better collect, share, analyze and use data among county stakeholders and move to a culture of collaboration between partners to generate the best outcomes for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. 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
Johnson County, Iowa: Using Data to Tell the Story of People with Mental Illnesses in the Community and in the Jail
Johnson County, Iowa, has been working on jail diversion since 2005 and has seen dramatic reductions in its jail population due to the foundation leaders created through the Crim­inal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) and other efforts. Johnson County’s CJCC engages county and city leadership from law enforcement, behavioral health and the courts, as well as state leadership to help drive changes. One way leaders have continued the momentum and changed the community dialogue around these issues is by using data to help tell the story of the individuals they are trying to help and the potential impact of making changes to policies and programs. Read More
Prioritizing Policy Practice and Funding Improvements for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
This webinar provided counties with strategies for how they can prioritize policy, practice, and funding improvements to address the needs of people with mental illness in the justice system Read More
Conducting a Comprehensive Process Analysis and Inventory of Services for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
This webinar provided counties with strategies for how they can conduct comprehensive process analyses of their justice, behavioral health, housing, and social service systems to identify whether service needs are being met and to identify gaps in services Read More
Live Video Panel Discussion: Two Years of “Stepping Up” to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails
The National Association of Counties and its partners at the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation hosted a live video panel discussion commemorating two years of Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. Panelists discuss the progress their counties have made as part of the initiative and the continuing challenges and barriers they face to eliminating the use of jails as a response to people experiencing mental health crises. Read More
Introduction to the “Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask”
This webinar provided an overview of the "Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask" document that counties can use as a framework for their Stepping Up planning and implementation efforts Read More
Developing an Infrastructure of Support in California
Stepping Up: The California Summit -- Jan. 19, 2017 -- State leaders discuss ways to establish a foundation across California on which to build and harness the extraordinary momentum of the summit. Read More