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The Center starts new Jail Program with help of state grant
The gap that has existed between people who are incarcerated and mental-health services is starting to close in central Kansas. The Center for Counseling & Consultation, 5815 Broadway, applied for and received a state grant that is funding the new Jail Program in the non-profit agency’s four-county service area –… Read More
Study Examining Mental Health and Jail Populations Wins National Award
A groundbreaking, $3.6 million study acknowledging that jails in the United States are de facto mental institutions—which also studies implementation strategies that can reduce jail populations across the country—won the Mission Award from the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), a national organization that encourages collaborations by academics, scientists, and… Read More
Waukesha County, WI receives Innovative Approach to Problem Solving award from the WI Policy Forum for its embedded mental health professional program
Law enforcement professionals frequently are first responders to people experiencing mental health crises, and in Waukesha County, the frequency of such calls has risen. A collaboration of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) and Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services (WCDHHS) embeds a mental health professional (MHP) —… Read More
Yolo County Proclaims May as Mental Health Awareness Month Promoting Awareness, Recognition and Intervention
The Yolo County Board of Supervisors will approve a resolution proclaiming May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month at its meeting on May 24. Promoting awareness, recognition, and intervention of mental illness proves critical. To meet the mental health needs in our community, the Yolo County Health & Human Services… Read More
Lucas County recognized for taking action to treat mental health in jail inmates
Lucas County has received a new status for its work regarding mental health in jails. Up to 25% of the people in jail have been diagnosed with serious mental health problems, according to Gary Byers, president of the Lucas County Board of Commissioners. “It makes sense as a community to… Read More
Alachua County Named an Innovator County by the Stepping Up Initiative
Alachua County has been selected as one of Stepping Up’s growing cohort of Innovator Counties – counties that are successfully using the Stepping Up suggested three-step approach to collect and analyze timely data on the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails. Alachua County will be sharing its… Read More
New dashboard highlights mental health and criminal justice system collaborative
Today, March 1, marks the official launch of a new dashboard that highlights data gathered from Johnson County Mental Health Center and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office to track the effectiveness of providing mental health services to incarcerated individuals. The goal is to reduce the prevalence of mental illness within… Read More
JoCo on the Go Podcast: Reentry Project
On JoCo on the Go, episode #127, hear about a new Johnson County program that is providing early support to incarcerated individuals with mental health concerns, so when they reenter the community they’re doing so with the tools they need to be successful. The Reentry Project offers screening and resources… Read More
Jail Medical Contracting: Best Practices for Supporting Stepping Up Goals
Across the country, county criminal justice, behavioral health, and social service system leaders are grappling with reducing the number of people with serious mental illness (SMI) in criminal justice systems, including county jails, often by using “front-end” strategies. Counties frequently struggle with using data to gauge the impact of these… Read More