Retired Ohio Justice Stratton Highlights Ohio Stepping Up Initiative; Star House Focuses On Homeless Youths

Stratton Highlights Stepping Up Initiative; Star House Focuses On Homeless Youths

May 21, 2018 Nearly half of the state’s counties are now participating in the Stepping Up Initiative, which is designed to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails.

That update was delivered Monday by former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, the project director, to members of the Criminal Justice and Mental Health Task Force, which she also co-chairs.

A focus of the initiative moving forward will be on housing, she said, calling it a crucial element to all projects involving mental health. “When they come out of a hospital there is no way that person is really stable and ready to face the public,” she said.

Across Ohio, up to 30% of jail inmates have a mental illness. Ms. Stratton highlighted $2.5 million secured in the two-year state budget (HB 49) to reimburse counties for psychotropic medicine used in jails. She also touted $1.5 million in the budget for crisis centers.

Ms. Stratton also spoke highly of the benefit bank, which is a one-stop shop that connects people with state and federal benefits for which they may be eligible. “Most of the time your client will never make that very first visit,” she said of other agencies.

Another project in the pipeline is the creation of a universal release form, Ms. Stratton said. “We just hope to do all these things that can make a difference.”

Star House: The panel also heard a presentation from Ann Bischoff, CEO of Star House, which is a drop-in center that serves homeless people ages 14-24.

Ms. Bischoff said the center served nearly 1,000 youths last year through 34,000 visits that include the possibility of a shower, a hot meal and a change of clothes.

In addition to basic needs, Star House also focuses on trauma recovery. Ms. Bischoff said about 50% of the youths living on the streets have experienced children services to some extent, about 25% have aged out of foster care and 41% have attempted suicide at least once.

On a 10-point scale of trauma, homeless youth tend to experience the same level of trauma as Holocaust survivors, Ms. Bischoff said. Homeless youths often lack hope for the future, and Star House seeks to help them build social connections to overcome that hopelessness, she added.

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 10 DEC 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 10 DEC 2017

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

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

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 12 NOV 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 12 NOV 2017

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  • Ohio Attorney General DeWine awards nearly $1 million to Ohio veterans’ organizations
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Ohio Attorney General DeWine awards nearly $1 million to Ohio veterans’ organizations

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that his office awarded almost $1 million in grants to Ohio veterans’ organizations.

The grant funds are from assets seized after a charity scam involving a man known as ‘Bobby Thompson,’ or John Donald Cody.

‘Bobby Thompson’ collected millions of dollars through a fake charity for Navy veterans and was convicted in 2013. 

Attorneys with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case and he was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

“We worked hard to ensure this money would be used as originally intended – to help veterans,” Attorney General DeWine said in a press release. “The con artist who took this money lied to people about how it would be used. Now that con artist is in prison, and the contributions of well-meaning donors are going to help men and women who served our country. It was a terrible scam, but something good has come out of it.”

Now the money collected is being given back to legitimate charities, including Ohio’s five Honor Flight hubs, which will be receiving $115,000 each.

Five other veteran organizations and several veterans’ courts will also be receiving money

Here’s the complete list:

Boby Thompson Grant List

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

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

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  • November 13th -17th – Veteran Legal Clinic Week of Service (Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Veterans at VA medical centers

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 22 OCT 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 22 OCT 2017

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 15 OCT 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 15 OCT 2017

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  • Stepping Up – The Ohio Project: Practical Solutions for Shutting the Revolving Door of Jail and Mental Illness (Webinar Rewind) by retired Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton (Director: Stepping Up – The Ohio Project)

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Stepping Up – The Ohio Project: Practical Solutions for Shutting the Revolving Door of Jail and Mental Illness (Webinar Rewind)

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The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) offered a one-hour webinar on September 13, 2017 titled “SteppingUp: Practical Solutions for Shutting the Revolving Door of Jail and Mental Illness ”.

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Retired Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton

Retired Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Project Director for Stepping Up Ohio, shared how this national program is tackling the serious issues of jails being the de facto mental health institutions for those with mental illness.

She explained how this program, and Ohio’s version, is trying to change that scenario so that these persons no longer cycle through jailand can be stabilized in the community with services that are far less costly and more effective. The webinar covered:

 Background and statistics on the issue of jails and mental illness
 Stepping Up: what is it all about and Ohio’s version
 Forming the state and community partnerships to make it work
 Practical tools and solutions, many costing little or no money.
 Lessons learned on how to break the cycle
 Challenge to audience to create their own solutions and how to do so

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

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

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  • “A voice for the Voiceless” Retired Honorable Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Receives OSBF’s Highest Award for Lifetime Accomplishments

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Call for Papers on Veterans Treatment Courts

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American University Justice Program Office Call for Papers on Veterans Treatment Courts, Detailed Outlines Due October 18th Courts http://bit.ly/2y5r4Hf

Request for Proposals

The Justice Programs Office, a center within the School of Public Affairs at American University, is the home of the National Drug Court Resource Center for the BJA Adult Drug Court Program.

As part of this initiative, Drug Court Review, the premiere publication on problem-solving courts, invites submissions for a special issue on veterans treatment courts (VTCs).

The VTC special issue is committed to the advancement of knowledge on VTCs and those in contact with them.

The Editorial Team is soliciting original papers of interest to researchers, practitioners, and/or policymakers. Commentaries (works without any theoretical, legal, policy, or statistical analysis) will not be accepted. Potential topics of interest include:

  • Addressing trauma
  • Family involvement
  • Implementation (including key components)
  • Innovative practices
  • Law and policy evaluation
  • Mentoring
  • Multi-site research
  • Outcomes (mental and behavioral health, social, legal)

Interested authors should submit detailed outlines by October 18th, 2017 to the Editorial Team for review.

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“A voice for the Voiceless” Retired Honorable Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Receives OSBA’s Highest Award for Lifetime Accomplishments (Video)

October 6th, 2017
Columbus, OH

Retired Honorable Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton was selected to receive the 2017 Ritter Award. This is the highest honor awarded by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

The award recognizes a lifetime of accomplishments in attaining and promoting the highest level of professionalism, integrity and ethics in the practice of law, while assisting other attorneys, the courts, and the public to envision and cause changes which improve the justice system in Ohio.

Retired Justice Stratton continues to advocate for helping those with mental illness (mental health and veterans courts, Stepping Up Ohio) receive proper help when caught up in the criminal justice system. (9:08 in the video below).

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 01 OCT 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 01 OCT 2017

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  • Ohio State Bar Association: Judging therapeutically in a veterans treatment court
  • NAMI: Mental Illness Awareness Week October 1st – 7th

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RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 24 SEP 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 24 SEP 2017

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Be there for Veterans this Suicide Prevention Month

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We all can take action to help prevent suicide, but many people don’t know what they can do to support a Veteran in their life who’s going through a difficult time. During Suicide Prevention Month and year round, help VA let people know that preventing suicide starts with this simple act of support: Be There.

You don’t need to make a grand gesture: A simple act of kindness shows you care. You can call up an old friend, check in on a neighbor, cook someone dinner, or invite a colleague on a walk. You can also encourage Veterans to take time for themselves and to focus on their own health and wellness.  

If you are worried about Veterans who may be at risk for suicide, here’s what you can do to help connect them with treatment and support:

  • If you are concerned that a Veteran is in crisis or at immediate risk for suicide, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Caring, qualified VA responders can help you determine ways to keep someone safe and connect the Veteran you care about with support.
  • If you notice that a Veteran is going through a difficult time and aren’t sure how to start a conversation or how to connect them with support, contact VA’s Coaching into Care program. Call 1-888-823-7458 to connect with a licensed clinical social worker or psychologist who can help you figure out how to help motivate someone to get support.
  • Talk with a Veteran’s friends. Peer support, especially from others who have military experience, can be crucial in helping someone open up.
  • Encourage everyone, especially those going through a difficult time, to store their firearms safely. Watch VA’s gun safety video to learn more: VeteransCrisisLine.net/GunSafetyVideo

Letting a Veteran friend or loved one know you’re concerned about them may seem daunting, but know you can make a difference by starting a conversation. The most important thing is to show genuine, heartfelt support for someone going through a tough time and being there to help.

Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net/BeThere to learn how you and others in your community can Be There to prevent suicide, and download materials you can share at VeteransCrisisLine.net/SpreadTheWord.

Thank you for being there for the Veterans in your life and showing support this Suicide Prevention Month.


About the author: Megan McCarthy, Ph.D., is the deputy director of suicide prevention for the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention where she helps shape VA’s integrated public health approach to suicide prevention. Dr. McCarthy is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine, and she maintains a private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco.

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 17 SEP 2017

RETIRED JUSTICE EVELYN L STRATTON’S VETERANS CRIMINAL JUSTICE & MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NEWS 17 SEP 2017

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