CSAC Bulletin Article

National Stepping Up Day of Action

March 8, 2018

The National Stepping Up Initiative is hosting a National Day of Action On May 16. Counties are encouraged to hold an event or participate in local activities to share with constituents the progress they have made toward reducing the number of people who have mental illnesses in their jails. The Goal is to raise public awareness and understanding of this important issue and emphasize the commitment to creating data-driven, systems-level changes to policy and practice to achieve their Stepping Up goals.

The Stepping Up Initiative was launched in May 2015 to address the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails and provide counties with resources to create sustainable, data-driven plans to impact this crisis. Since Stepping Up’s launch, more than 420 counties have passed a resolution or proclamation committing to acting on this issue. More details and a toolkit to help plan for a Day of Action are available at StepUpTogether.org.

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