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Opioid settlement money, effort to reduce mental illness in jail approved by La Crosse County Board

La Crosse County will enter a settlement agreement with the distributors and manufacturer of opioids. The count also is joining a nationwide initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in county jail.  Read the full article. Read More

Lenawee County starting program aimed at reducing mentally ill people in justice system 

Lenawee County is implementing a new program called Stepping Up, which applies a systems-based approach with the goal of reducing the number of individuals with mental illness and related disorders in the criminal legal system.    Approximately 2 million times each year, people who have serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails across… Read More

Marion ‘Stepping Up’ to reduce number of people with mental illness in jail

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, annually, an estimated 2 million people suffering from serious mental illnesses are booked into local jails across the United States. It’s a growing issue that, according to the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), results in “missed opportunities to link them to treatment, tragic outcomes,… Read More

Michigan’s community mental health and law enforcement agencies team up to keep people out of jail 

As awareness about how policing and mental health intersect grows across the state, more Michigan counties are involving community mental health agencies in law enforcement response and helping people with mental illness receive treatment rather than incarceration. This article is part of MI Mental Health, a new series highlighting the… Read More