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Best Practices for Counties to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses and Substance Use Disorders in Jail: Six Case Studies

September 20, 2018

NACo Blog

By Kathy Rowings

In April 2018, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collaborated with the Stepping Up initiative, the Data-Driven Justice initiative, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge to convene a Best Practices Implementation Academy to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses and Substance Use Disorders in Jail (BPIA). The BPIA brought together 24 counties involved in one or more of the three initiatives to learn successful strategies and identify concrete steps to address behavioral health in the justice system.

Six of the 24 counties were invited to the BPIA as “Best Practices” teams representing the Data-Driven Justice initiative and the Stepping Up initiative. Best Practices teams showcased their approaches and programs to “Implementation” teams. The case studies below are part of a series highlighting these six Best Practices teams at the BPIA.

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