Monday’s decision makes La Paz County the 15th Arizona County to commit to the Stepping Up Initiative, which, in turn, makes Arizona the first state in the United States to have all its counties on board, stated Steven Harvey, a board member of David’s Hope, an mental health advocacy organization that leads the Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition.
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To fight back, Lane County has signed on to the Stepping Up initiative.
Whether or not patients are charged, the practice effectively criminalizes mental illness, and there is a consensus among the county sheriff, lawmakers and care providers that it is inhumane, ineffective and expensive.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office helped create the software as part of the “Tulsa Stepping Up Initiative” and the Inside-Outside Collaboration of Justice.
We asked six former inmates who were managing psychological conditions during their sentence what their experiences with prison mental health services were like.
The legislation signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday also increases funds for a network of crisis-response teams, walk-in mental health treatment centers and transportation to treatment from rural areas.
The de Blasio administration is ready to open two diversion centers, an option for mentally ill people who do not pose a public safety threat as an alternative to hospital or jail.
The Stepping Up initiative is a data-based program that encourages counties to track outcomes on the people with mental illnesses coming in and out of their jail system. The idea is that when there is actual data, counties will be able to determine what programs and changes provide real results.
Dr. Altha Stewart sees the Stepping Up Initiative not only as a way for counties to improve the treatment of the mentally ill, but as a challenge to the psychiatric community to generate solutions. She discussed that and other topics with County News a year after she spoke at the 2016 Stepping Up summit in Washington, D.C.
Tama County is signing on to the Call of Action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the Tama County jail and commit to sharing lessons learned with other counties in Iowa and across the country to support a national initiative and encourage all county officials, employees, and residents to participate in “Stepping Up.”