County Support Opportunities

Counties participating in Stepping Up can receive a variety of resources tailored to their unique local needs. National and state-specific support centers offers training, resources, and support to Stepping Up counties tailored to their local needs.

National Support Centers

Two national centers—The Law Enforcement & Mental Health Support Center and the Center for Justice and Mental Health Partnershipsprovide free training and resources. 

1. The Law Enforcement & Mental Health Support Center

The Law Enforcement & Mental Health Support Center offers free training, resources, and support to communities wanting to improve their law enforcement and community responses to people with behavioral health conditions or intellectual and developmental disabilities.

State, local, and federally recognized tribal governments, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations can request assistance for a range of needs, including helping develop police-mental health collaborations, which are initiatives that are co-designed by law enforcement and behavioral health partners to help officers effectively respond to calls for service involving people with behavioral health needs.

2. The Center for Justice and Mental Health Partnerships

The Center for Justice and Mental Health Partnerships connects jurisdictions with the resources, knowledge, and skills necessary to improve responses to people at the intersection of criminal justice and behavioral health systems.

State, local, and federally recognized tribal governments, and organizations can request assistance designed to meet their jurisdiction’s needs. These can range from reviewing training protocols to sharing information on best practices and advising on program design, among other types of support.

State Support Centers

Several states have invested in state-based technical assistance to support local efforts to reduce the prevalence of people with mental illness in jails. 

1. Kansas Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center

The Kansas Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center offers technical assistance tailored specifically to participating Kansas counties to support local programs and policies to improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses in jails.