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Stepping Up to Advance Racial Equity: One Step, One Policy Approach

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Justice Briefing Live: Seven Years of Stepping Up

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Communities across the country are reducing overincarceration of people with mental illnesses as part of the national Stepping Up initiative. Since the initiative launched in 2015, more than 550 counties have passed a Stepping Up resolution—more than half of the U.S. population lives in a Stepping Up county. 

Join the initiative’s network for Seven Years of Stepping Up, a Justice Briefing Live event that will highlight counties’ achievements over the past seven years, explore emerging trends in the field, and chart a path forward for the movement. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance, Stepping Up is a partnership between The Council of State Governments Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.  

Speakers include (in order of appearance): 

Opening Remarks and Keynotes

Megan Quattlebaum, Director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center 

Larry Johnson, President, National Association of Counties 

Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq. Executive Director, American Psychiatric Association Foundation


Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, Director, Behavioral Health, The Council of States Governments Justice Center


Sheriff Kelly S. Rowe, Lubbock County, Texas 

Lisa Potter, Director of Diversion Initiatives, Fairfax County, Virginia 

Ruchelle Pride, Director of Justice Policy and Programs, Franklin County, Ohio, Board of Commissioners  

The event will be broadcast on Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, and is free and open to the public.