Mental Health Media Clips

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Counties Across the Country Participate in National Stepping Up Day of Action

During this Day of Action, county officials are hosting events or participating in local activities to share with constituents the progress made in addressing the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails; raise public awareness and understanding of this important issue; and emphasize their commitment to creating data-driven, systems-level changes to policy and practice to achieve Stepping Up goals.

Police Undergo Training for Mental Health Crises

Benton County Mental Health workers lead officers through case studies to help them understand what happens after police take people who are a danger to themselves or others to the hospital. Those case studies help officers understand what information hospital staff members need from officers who respond to crisis situations.

Diversion Program Would Help Keep Mentally Ill Out of Jail

Nonviolent offenders with mental illness could be diverted away from New Jersey’s mainstream criminal justice system and into a rehabilitation program designed to provide treatment for their psychiatric disorder, under an initiative envisioned by a longtime Democratic Senator that also reflects the goals of a growing national movement.

Work Requirements and Medicaid: What Will Happen to Beneficiaries with Mental Illnesses or Substance Use Disorders?

Kentucky, Indiana, and Arkansas have received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to add work or service requirements to their Medicaid programs; seven other states are seeking such waivers. We spoke with Richard G. Frank about the challenges of determining whether someone is able to work and what happens when people with mental illnesses are denied critical benefits.

Dauphin County, PA, Rolls out Plan to Reform Criminal Justice System for Mentally Ill

Closures of state hospitals and limited funding for treatment services has put stress on jail systems across the country, and Dauphin County is no exception. In 2016, 44 percent of the county’s mentally ill inmates returned to prison within a year of their initial booking.
Officials say now, it’s time to make a change.