Butler County, Ohio has joined a national initiative, Stepping Up, designed to reduce the number of people suffering from mental illness issues and addiction problems, who are crowding the jail and also are often repeat offenders.
Stepping Up Initiative
Recognizing the critical role local and state officials play in supporting change, the National Association of Counties (NACo), the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Foundation (APF) are leading an unprecedented national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails. To build on the foundation of innovative and evidence-based practices already being implemented across the country, and to bring these efforts to scale, NACo, the CSG Justice Center, and APF are working with partner organizations with expertise in the complex issues addressed by the initiative, including those representing sheriffs, jail administrators, judges, community corrections professionals and treatment providers, consumers, advocates, mental health and drug abuse service directors, and other stakeholders.
The initiative has three key components:
- A Call to Action
- Technical Assistance
- A National Summit
To learn more about the initiative, visit the Stepping Up Initiative homepage
Keeping people with mental illness out of jail not only helps them to have productive lives, but it reduces the amount we spend on their confinement, allowing these resources to be used more productively elsewhere, writes the Editorial Board of the Winston-Salem Journal.
Forsyth County, North Carolina’s Stepping Up Initiative is making a step forward to reduce the number of mentally ill inmates in the county jail.