The program, which is in development and may be ready to implement in about six months, was presented by Kate McEvoy, director of the Division of Health Services at the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and Christi Staples, New England Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
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Summit County officials are hopeful that recent changes at the Summit County Detention Facility will help to reduce rates of recidivism among incarcerated individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart said he is entirely behind the Chambers County Commission’s efforts to treat mental health needs inside the county jail.
Pathways has an 85% housing retention rate, which means that percentage of those served retained housing for more than five years.
The Pitt County department has a jail “navigator” who helps place people into safe housing and reconnect them to benefits upon their release. The sheriff’s office is also preparing to launch a new treatment program for drug users housed in the jail.
The Miami County Jail kicked off their involvement in the Stepping Up Initiative—a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails—on June 19, joining over 45 other Ohio counties.
About 4 to 5% of Americans are seriously mentally ill, compared with as many as 18% of those in jails, according to Risë Haneberg, who leads the Stepping Up initiative on behalf of The Council of State Governments Justice Center.
Its crisis response team now has a licensed clinical social worker responding to calls for service along with officers. It’s part of their new Mental Health Co-Responder pilot program.
The Washington County Board of Supervisors showed its support of the Stepping Up Initiative, which is aimed at reducing the number of people who have mental illnesses in county jails. The board approved a resolution during its meeting.
By early June, Washington state leaders need to create a new set of rules for training officers statewide on de-escalation techniques, mandated by a state ballot initiative and legislation that passed by wide margins in the past six months.