California Summit: January 18-19, 2017
The National Stepping Up Initiative will hold its first California Summit on January 18–19th at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. A total of 53 county teams comprised of county supervisors, county administrative/executive officers, law enforcement agencies and behavioral health agencies will be in attendance. The event offers participants the opportunity to engage with national experts, peers from across the state, and people living with mental illnesses to advance county plans to improve the way counties respond to people with mental illnesses who are in contact with local criminal justice systems.
Sessions will include key questions that county leaders need to ask such as Is Our Leadership Committed; do we have baseline data; have we conducted a comprehensive process analysis and inventory of services; and do we track progress. Additional sessions will look at the perspectives of family members and people with lived experiences, improving care coordination between criminal justice agencies and community-based treatment providers and overcoming behavioral health workforce shortages in rural counties.