Stepping Up Summit at NACo’s Annual Conference Columbus, OH, July 21st-24th, 2017

Stepping Up Summit at NACo’s Annual Conference Columbus, OH, July 21st-24th, 2017 http://bit.ly/2s4OB90

The NACo Annual Conference & Exposition is the only meeting that draws a cross section of elected officials and county staff from across the country.

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Attendees from rural and urban counties, large and small budgets and staff – all come together for four days of education, networking and sessions aimed to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government.

The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation have come together to lead a national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails.

With support from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and other sponsors, the initiative will build on the many innovative and proven practices being implemented across the country.

Stepping Up Summit Part One: Identifying People with Mental Illnesses in Your Jail July 23rd

More than 350 counties have passed a resolution to join Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. To support counties in their efforts, NACo is hosting a two-part Stepping Up Summit to provide counties with the tools and resources they need to further their initiatives.

Part One will focus on providing an overview of strategies counties are using to identify people with mental illnesses in their jails and how they are using this information to inform policies, practices and funding allocations. All counties are welcome to attend the summit.

Stepping Up Summit Part Two: Implementing Policies and Programs to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Your Jail July 23rd

More than 350 counties have passed a resolution to join Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.

To support counties in their efforts, NACo is hosting a two-part Stepping Up Summit to provide counties with the tools and resources they need to further their initiatives.

Part Two will highlight policies, practices and programs that counties have implemented along four key measures: the number of people with mental illnesses booked into their jail, the length of stay of people with mental illnesses, connections to treatment and recidivism. All counties are welcome to attend the summit.

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 18 JUN 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 18 JUN 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • Conference to help troubled veterans and the criminal justice system set for Birmingham, AL on June 23rd 
  • Ohio University: The Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Photography & Video Project

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 11 JUN 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 11 JUN 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • New VA online tool helps Veterans learn about and compare effective PTSD treatments
  • Stratton Newsletter Editor Honored as Veterans Advocate of the Year 2017 by the Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council

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Training Video for Veterans Court Mentors

Training Video for Veterans Court Mentors: http://bit.ly/2qkH3xS

Veterans Mentor Programs are a distinctive feature of Veterans Treatment Courts. These programs were created to provide community support for Veterans as they learn to readjust to civilian life and reintegrate back into their communities.

Mentors play an integral role in the Veterans Treatment Court program. The mentor provides the Veteran mentee with an active, supportive relationship and serves as a positive role model. Mentors are essential in assisting the Veteran mentee in navigating through the Veterans Health Administration, the court system, local veterans groups, and community support organizations.

This training video gives an overall view as to what is expected of a Peer Mentor. Upon completion of this training, the prospective Mentor can print a certificate of completion and present the certificate to their local Veterans Treatment Court. Each court will provide additional training specific to their needs.

This training video was developed by members of the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice & Mental Illness, co-chaired by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and retired Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton.

 

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 28 MAY 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 28 MAY 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • Training Video for Veterans Court Mentors Now Available on Ohio Attorney General’s Website
  • This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Continue the Fight
  • Memorial Day message from Eve Stratton

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 21 MAY 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • GAO: Thousands discharged for military misconduct had mental health diagnosis
  • 2,500 Responses and Counting: Women Veterans Survey Results: No Longer Invisible: Women Veterans and Homelessness after Military Service
  • University of Southern California Research: The State of the American Veteran: The San Francisco Veterans Study
  • VA announces new strategic partnerships to advance solutions for TBI and PTSD

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 16 APR 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 16 APR 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • New data-driven VA website: VA announces ‘Access and Quality’ system for veteran health care Story
  • The Brain Defense: Vets with head trauma, stress find mercy in court (ABA Journal Feature Article)
  • WARRIOR CARE NETWORK: INTRODUCING A NATIONWIDE BATTLE AGAINST THE INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR
  • Veterans Re-Entry Search Services (VRSS)

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 09 APR 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 09 APR 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • Four veterans courts to serve as nationwide mentors
  • EVENT: Cohen Veterans Bioscience Webinar: The Treatment of PTSD and the Warrior Care Network, April 19th
  • EVENT: The Greater Philadelphia Conference on Veterans’ Mental Health, MAY 5TH

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 02 APR 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 02 APR 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • ‘The VA Is On A Path Toward Recovery,’ Secretary Of Veterans Affairs Says (NPR)
  • Dole Foundation leaders talk about the importance of encouraging veterans & caregivers to ask for help.
  • Operation We are here! Website

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L. STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 26 MAR 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 26 MAR 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • VA Secretary tells the House Committee that he wants Veterans to be treated sooner and closer to home
  • VA, DOD study a major breakthrough for understanding PTSD

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L. STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 19 MAR 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 19 MAR 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • VA Secretary David Shulkin addresses Veteran community during sit down interview
  • VA to start offering mental health care to ‘bad paper’ veterans
  • Evelyn Lundberg Stratton: Reforms would help kids turn lives around

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Evelyn Lundberg Stratton: Reforms would help kids turn lives around

Recent years have seen major changes in how many states operate their criminal-justice systems. A reassessment of the intentions and outcomes of criminal-justice systems is helping states to implement new evidence-based strategies that reduce crime and recidivism, lower state costs, and allow for real rehabilitation, especially for children who commit crimes.

Many of the most vocal advocates for juvenile-justice reforms have been political conservatives. Our conservative principles have led us to believe the state must fight crime

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Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton (Retired), Supreme Court of Ohio

while also helping offenders, especially kids, turn their lives around. To advocate for these reforms here in Ohio, a group of conservative leaders and supporting partners have formed the Ohio Conservative Juvenile Justice Network. Our founding members include Betty Montgomery, former Ohio attorney general and auditor of state; Col. Tom Moe (ret.), former director of Ohio Veteran Services; and Dr. Reginald Wilkinson, former director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, among others.

Reducing crime and saving money are truly bipartisan goals, but the we believe that there are important reasons for conservatives to be at the forefront of this reform effort:

Child welfare: Ultimately, we want to help our children who have committed crimes by working on reforms that help keep them out of the juvenile-justice system, and, if they do get involved the system, providing them with services and opportunities to have meaningful, productive lives in society.

Public safety: Research clearly shows early intervention and investments in effective community-based programs produce more positive outcomes not only for youths, but increases safety in all Ohio communities.

Cost: Ohio has seen state budget savings already from reducing the juvenile-justice population. We can see additional benefits by reforming the “entry” and “exit” aspects in Ohio’s juvenile-justice space.

Work force: The business community’s biggest need is a workforce that is trained, dependable and drug-free. Providing much-needed juvenile-justice reform focusing on diversion and prevention can provide the business community a trained workforce motivated by a second chance.

National defense: Our national security depends on the strength of our armed forces. And for many youths, the military offers a path to a better life, providing a sense of purpose and pride as they serve society. But having a juvenile record, even for a minor transgression, can result in failing the “moral fitness” test to enlist. Holding young people accountable for their misbehaviors without requiring unnecessary court involvement better ensures that they have opportunities to serve our country.

Faith: The concept of redemption and rehabilitation is woven throughout America’s faith foundation. By focusing on the value of our children, we can provide our children the opportunity to redeem themselves and to find their God-given purpose in life that is consistent with Ohio’s values.

Gov. John Kasich and many thoughtful members of the General Assembly have forged ahead on several important juvenile-justice reform issues, often leading the public rather than following. In recent years, they have passed legislation that has resulted in fewer young offenders assigned to state confinement and more serving through community-based alternatives, in addition to increased investment in evidence-based rehabilitation programs that work.

We are optimistic that Ohio can and will address serious remaining issues with its juvenile-justice system. Some of the reform priorities that the network will advocate for this year are:

‒ Increasing support for vulnerable youths involved with multiple state systems, such as child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities and behavioral health.

‒ Continuing the shift in state investment from youth prisons to community-based programs.

‒ Discouraging criminal-justice policies that are ineffective and unproductive with young people.

‒ Collecting data on youths in juvenile courts.

The key reforms of recent years, along with remaining proposed reforms, will mean safer communities, lower costs, fewer criminals, and more citizens with a chance to pursue their dreams and contribute to our society. These goals are within reach, and they are being pursued by, among others, conservatives convinced that our state can keep our streets safe while at the same time offering young offenders rehabilitation and redemption.

Children can make mistakes, and some decisions can be profoundly wrong, but smart and effective laws and policies can help ensure that those youths are held accountable for their actions but still offered a second chance at a productive life.

This article was originally published in The Columbus Dispatch on March 11, 2017

Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is a former Ohio Supreme Court justice.

FedEx’s 5th Annual Small Business Grant Contest for Veterans, Others.

FedEx’s 5th Annual Small Business Grant Contest http://bit.ly/2lXGvfs

FedEx has begun accepting applications for a total prize pool of $120,500 – the largest sum since the contest’s inception. They are hoping to increase the number of applicants in a variety of demographics, including the veteran community.

The contest offers grants and services to ten small businesses and for the first time this year, the winners will also receive an additional dollar amount in credit to use towards FedEx Office print and business services to help run their businesses. The awards will include:

  • Grand prize: One (1) winner of $25,000, plus $7,500 in FedExOffice® print and business services
  • Silver prize: One (1) winner of $15,000, plus $5,000 in FedExOffice print and business services
  • Bronze prize: Eight (8) winners of $7,500, plus $1,000 in FedExOffice print and business services

The 2017 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open to U.S.-based for-profit small businesses with fewer than 99 employees and operating for six months or more.

To enter, participants must visit www.fedex.com/grantcontest and enter their contact information, write a short profile about their business and upload four photos of their business or product, including their logo.

While not required, participants also have the option of submitting a 90-second “elevator speech” video to supplement their entry.

The contest entry period is open from February 21 to March 29, 2017, with voting to take place from March 1 to April 5, 2017.

Over the past four years, 13,000 businesses have entered the contest in the U.S. alone.  The contest has now grown from one country to nine countries and the grant pool for the U.S. contest has grown from $50,000 to more than $120,000 in total prizes.

SAMHSA’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention grant program

Dear Colleagues,

If you are interested in applying for SAMHSA’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention grant program and would like to review the Pre-Application Webinar held on March 7, 2017, please click here: http://bit.ly/2mFDGNe

For more information on the application process or the funding announcement, please go to https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-17-007.

Many thanks,

Eileen

Eileen Zeller, M.P.H.
Lead Public Health Advisor
SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services
Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress and Special Programs
Suicide Prevention Branch
5600 Fishers Lane, 14E89A
Rockville, MD 20857
240-276-1863 (Office)
eileen.zeller@samhsa.hhs.gov

Behavioral Health is Essential to Health. Prevention Works. Treatment is Effective. People Recover.

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L. STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 05 MAR 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 05 MAR 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • VA Secretary David Shulkin: Our plan to deliver greater accountability to America’s veterans
  • The VA Accountability First Act of 2017 (House Veterans Affairs Committee)
  • Overprescribed: Veterans and the painkiller problem

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS, 26 FEB 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 26 FEB 2017

FEATURED STORIES

  • Shulkin promises ‘major changes’ at Veterans Affairs
  • The Path Home for Women Veterans
  • Webinar: Military Response to Enforcing Military and Civilian Protection Orders, March 20th

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Join VA Secretary for YouTube Live Q&A with Veterans, February 24nd

Join VA Secretary for YouTube Live Q&A with Veterans February 24th
 
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To participate in the event on Friday, tune in to our YouTube Live event page or watch via VA’s Facebook page at 2:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 24. You can submit your question in advance via the VA blog, VAntage Point