The SteppingUp Initiative: The Ohio Project: March 2019 Newsletter

Background: Ohio Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce Jail Incarceration

Stepping Up is a national initiative targeted at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. Without change, large numbers of people with mental illnesses (many with co-occurring substance use disorders) will continue to cycle through the criminal justice system, often resulting in missed opportunities to link them to treatment, tragic outcomes, inefficient use of funding, and failure to improve public safety.

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) is collaborating with other leading organizations and local experts to support the common goal. The Stepping Up initiative engages a diverse group of organizations, including those representing sheriffs, jail administrators, judges, community corrections professionals, treatment providers, people with mental illnesses and their families, mental health and substance use program directors, and other stakeholders. Through its Community Innovations grants, which began in 2014, OhioMHAS took action to help counties reduce the number of criminal offenders with untreated mental illness and/or substance use disorders who continually cycle through county jails.


In This Issue:
A Message from Evelyn Stratton, Program Director
Grants: Watch for Deadlines
Webinars and Online Training
County News
News Stories, Tools and Resources
A Message from Evelyn Stratton,Program Director
We are excited that our Advisory Council has completed its initial work in making recommendations for the report to the Governor.

There was much agreement among the group regarding the necessary steps to be taken, and we are very proud of the work that we did together with the
Governor’s staff.

We have included two news articles that share with you how our work
progressed. Download a copy of the RecoveryOhio Advisory Council’s Initial
Report here:

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