CSAC Bulletin Article

Stepping Up Toolkit Can Help Address Mentally Ill in Jail

December 14, 2017

The Stepping Up partners have combined a series of webinars and network calls about the ”Six Questions” into the Stepping Up Resources Toolkit. It’s based on the Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails, which outline a framework for counties to use to address this issue.  

Throughout 2017, the Stepping Up partners hosted a series of webinars and network calls focusing on each of the Six Questions. Each webinar is led by a national expert who outlines key strategies pertaining to that question, as well as county officials who provide examples of how their counties have implemented or shown progress toward implementing that question.

All slides and video recordings of the webinars are available by clicking on the links below.

Stepping Up Six Questions Webinar and Network Call Series

  1. Introduction to the “Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask

    • Webinar (featuring speakers from Pitt County, NC, and Tarrant County, TX)
    • Network Call (featuring speakers from Tarrant County, TX, and Dunn County, WI)
  2. Conducting Timely Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Jails
    • Webinar (featuring speakers from Champaign County, IL, and Douglas County, KS)
    • Network Call (featuring speakers from Champaign County, IL; Douglas County, KS; and The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Disability Services)
  3. Establishing Baseline Data for Mental Illness in Jails
    • Webinar (featuring speakers from Athens-Clarke County, GA, and Wake County, NC)
    • Network Call (featuring speakers from Athens-Clarke County, GA, and Wake County, NC)
  4. Conducting a Comprehensive Process Analysis and Inventory of Services for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
    • Webinar (featuring a speaker from Chester County, PA)
    • Network Call (featuring a speaker from Franklin County, OH)
  5. Prioritizing Policy, Practice, and Funding Improvements for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
    • Webinar (featuring speakers from Pacific County, WA)
    • Network Call (featuring speakers from Pacific County, WA)
  6. Tracking Progress on Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
    • Webinar (featuring speakers from Maricopa County, AZ)
    • Network Call (featuring speakers from Maricopa County, AZ)

If you have any questions about Stepping Up, please email info@stepuptogether.org.

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