The Oakland County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is teaming up with Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) and local members of the criminal justice system in support of the nationally recognized Stepping Up Initiative as stated in a recently approved resolution.
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Mental health advocates say media reports of mass shootings by disturbed individuals galvanize public attention and reinforce the impression that severe mental illness leads to violence. But various epidemiologic studies over the past two decades show that the vast majority of people with severe mental illnesses are never violent toward others.
Soon the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will have an opportunity to highlight legislation I’ve introduced — the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act—that takes some of the lessons learned in Bexar County to the national level. Like the reforms implemented 10 years ago, this legislation is a significant step forward that will help the mentally ill get the treatment they need and equip our nation’s law enforcement officials with tools to keep our communities safe.
Franklin County Commissioners have joined a national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illness who are in jail. By joining the Stepping Up Initiative, commissioners hope to be in a position to qualify for potential grants and conferences.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has announced a program aimed at keeping people serving short sentences in county jails instead of state prisons.
U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) today announced they will be introducing a bill to significantly increase funding for the program they championed to expand community mental health and behavioral health services across the country.
Mental health courts are popular in many communities, and it’s easy to understand why. Rather than sending someone who’s mentally ill to an overcrowded jail that is poorly equipped to manage his condition, mental health courts offer treatment and help with housing and other social services. The community saves on the cost of locking someone up and offenders get support to stay healthy and may have their charges expunged.
Lawyers representing 11,000 mentally ill inmates in Illinois prisons have reached a settlement with the state in a long-running class-action lawsuit that alleged inadequate treatment amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment,” a deal both sides heralded on Wednesday.
The Clinton County Board of Supervisors has approved a resolution to join The Stepping Up Initiative, which provides the county with resources, data and much more to help deal with mental illness and substance abuse in the jail.
America’s jails and prisons have replaced psychiatric hospitals as warehouses for people with mental illness. Substance abuse disorders also abound, but innovative healthcare models and other advances are helping to confront the crisis in our nation’s correctional facilities.