How many people in the Dauphin County Prison have a mental illness? The county doesn’t know. A new initiative the county became a part of recently aims to find the answer to that question and a few others.
Dauphin County (Harrisburg, PA)
As part of the national Stepping Up initiative, on December 15, 2016, leaders in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, launched a data-driven project intended to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in the county prison.
Dauphin County—home to the state’s capitol city of Harrisburg—will receive intensive technical assistance from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center that will guide the county in answering four key questions: How many people with mental illnesses are in the county prison? What is their average length of stay? Are they being connected with behavioral health treatment upon release? What is their rate of recidivism?
The CSG Justice Center will use their findings to develop policy and programming recommendations that will be presented to the Dauphin County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and County Commissioners in 2017.
Leaders in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, recently launched a data-driven project as part of the national Stepping Up initiative, seeking to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in the county prison.
With help from the nonprofit Council of State Governments Justice Center, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania will participate in Stepping Up, a national initiative aimed at lowering the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.