Amplifying the Voices of People with Mental Illnesses

August 4, 2015


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has Stepped Up to ensure the voices of people with mental illnesses and their families are heard in counties where leaders are working to reduce the prevalence of mental illnesses in jails. To learn more about these efforts:

  • Discover Ten Ways to Engage People Affected by Mental Illness in Your Community, a list of actions developed by NAMI that county leaders and other Stepping Up partners can take to engage people with mental illnesses in their efforts.
  • Learn about NAMI’s featured symposium on Stepping Up at its annual convention, attended by more than 2,200 people. The symposium featured experts such as Fred Osher, MD, from the Council of State Governments Justice Center; Patricia Ryan, MPA, representing the National Association of Counties; Chief Deputy of Corrections Jamie Clayton from the Imperial County (CA) Sheriff’s Office; and Bill Carruthers, director of the peer program at Savannah Counseling Services.
  • Read about people on the front lines of this struggle, from those living with mental illnesses to those working in the criminal justice and behavioral health system, who are dedicated to advancing public safety goals and the recovery of people with mental illnesses.

If you have a story to share about how your county is working with people with mental illnesses, their families, and advocates to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jails, you can send it to

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