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Miami County Is ‘Stepping Up’

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.

Q&A: A Look at the Issue of Mentally Ill Inmates in Jails

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.

Supervisors Show Support for Mental Health Initiative

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.

Mental Health in the Justice System

A large number of people in the jail system struggle with mental health, Potter County commissioner Paul Heimel said. Some addicts or those with mental illnesses have received help, but once they become confined they don’t continue to get the help they need.

County Commits to Reducing Mental Illness in Jail

The resolution commits the county, led by the County Administrative Office, Sheriff’s Office, and the Probation and Health Departments, to a “call to action” that includes “sharing lessons” learned from other counties in the state and nationally.

$600 Million Available for Rural Broadband

According to the USDA, funds will be awarded to projects that have financially sustainable business models that will bring high-speed broadband to rural homes, businesses, farms, ranches and community facilities such as first responders, health care sites and schools.

[Opinion] Mental Health Is the New Front in Criminal Justice Reform

“We’re under a consent order, we’re not fully funding it…we’re going to have to up our spending in the mental-health arena and actually get facilities in each county, like was promised in the consent decree,” says Doug Collins, who represents Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District.

Veterans, Mental Health Courts Ready to Launch in McLennan

The new courts have been in the talking stages in McLennan County for years. But now, with the leadership of two judges who will head the courts and with the backing of a slew of community mental health and veterans team members, the new courts have evolved into the reality stage.

New Program Helps Former Inmates Stay out of Jail

One key partner is the Integrated Support and Recovery Services. Christin Skolnik, the interim manager, says, “We’re beginning to see really nice outcomes.” They help participants in a number of areas including therapy, both during and after jail.

In a Mental Health Crisis, Training Saves Lives

A person shot himself in front of Culpeper Police Officer John Slaughter about 15 years ago and it’s something he did not want to relive. Armed with training from the five-county Crisis Intervention Team of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, the 24-year law enforcement veteran was able to diffuse a potentially explosive situation last year that could have easily turned deadly.