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NCJ Number: 250551 Find in a Library
Title: The Stepping Up Initiative: Reducing Mental Illness in Rural Jails
Author(s): Nastassia Walsh
Corporate Author: National Assoc of Counties (NACo)
United States of America
Date Published: February 2016
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Assoc of Counties (NACo)
Washington, DC 20001
Grant Number: 2012-CZ-BX-K071
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents examples of how rural counties have made progress in reducing mental illness in rural jails under the Stepping Up Initiative (SUI), which is a national initiative started by the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation in an effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.
Abstract: More than urban and suburban counties, rural counties struggle in finding the financial and human resources to provide access to community mental health services, provide jail mental health services, and provide housing for residents with mental illnesses. This paper provides rural county leaders with ideas and strategies for addressing these challenges by presenting examples of counties that have succeeded or are in the process of meeting these challenges. County leaders are encouraged to learn from how other counties have addressed the challenges of addressing mental illness among rural county residents. Counties that have implemented individual programs or policies that address the number of people with mental illnesses in their jails have come to recognize that there are multiple points where changes must occur in order to have a significant impact on the challenges they face. This has led to the development of the Sequential Intercept Model, which provides a paradigm for thinking about the five intercept points where help is needed. These intercept points are law enforcement intervention, initial detention/initial court hearings, jails/courts, reentry, and community corrections. These are the points in the criminal justice system where changes are needed to impact the number of people with mental illnesses being admitted to and staying in rural jails.
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Change management; Jail management; Mentally ill offenders; Rural corrections
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