50 Teams Chosen to Attend National Summit to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

By Ashleigh Fryer, CSG Justice Center Staff

SteppingUpLogoCounty leaders and local policymakers representing 50 jurisdictions in 37 states are set to converge on Washington, DC, April 17-19 to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in jails across the country.

The 50 teams were chosen to attend the National Stepping Up Summit, a first-of-its-kind summit hosted by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the National Association of Counties (NACo), and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation to help policymakers and other local stakeholders create and/or refine plans to reduce the prevalence of people with mental illnesses in their jails.

Launched in May 2015 by the CSG Justice Center, NACo, and APA Foundation, Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails was designed to rally local, state and national leaders around the goal of achieving a reduction in the number of people with mental illnesses in jail. To date, more than 240 counties—both urban and rural—across 41 states have passed resolutions to advance the goals of Stepping Up, representing about 30 percent of the U.S. population and more than half of the largest county jails in the country.

Summit Teams

State of Alaska
River Region, Alabama
Sebastian County, Arkansas
Maricopa County, Arizona
Santa Clara County, California
Yolo County, California
Orange County, California
Los Angeles County, California
Kiowa County, Colorado
Connecticut Department of Corrections
Alachua County, Florida
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Southwest Georgia Regional Team
City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii
Black Hawk County, Iowa
Cook County, Illinois
Champaign County, Illinois
Johnson County, Kansas
Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Penobscot County, Maine
Prince George’s County, Maryland
Wayne County, Michigan
Allegan County, Michigan
Ramsey County, Minnesota
Pettis County, Missouri
Missoula County, Montana
Pitt County, North Carolina
Alamance County, North Carolina
Douglas County, Nebraska
Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Otero County, New Mexico
Clark County, Nevada
New York, New York
Franklin County, Ohio
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Association of Oregon Counties
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Franklin County, Pennsylvania
Codington County, South Dakota
Shelby County, Tennessee
Tarrant County, Texas
Bexar County, Texas
Dallas County, Texas
Fairfax County, Virginia
Pacific County, Washington
King County, Washington
Dane County, Wisconsin
Eau Claire County, Wisconsin