Miami County Is ‘Stepping Up’

Miami Valley Today

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 Wednesday, joining over 45 other Ohio counties. Retired Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, serving at the project director for the Ohio efforts, explained to a group of Miami County officials, local law enforcement officials, judges, hospital officials, mental health professionals, and more on Wednesday that Stepping Up began when the National Sheriffs’ Association went to the National Association of Counties to advocate for more resources as jails have become “de facto hospitals for people with mental illness.” The initiative was launched in May 2015 by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the National Association of Counties, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, with support from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, to help people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders safely stay out of jails and on a path to recovery.

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