Events and Opportunities
Application Deadline: June 15, 2018
There is tremendous local-level innovation occurring across the country aimed at reducing incarceration and making the criminal justice system more fair and effective at protecting communities. To support such innovative thinking nationwide, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has partnered with the Urban Institute to launch the Innovation Fund. The purpose of the Innovation Fund is to foster and support innovative ideas from local jurisdictions that are consistent with the goals of MacArthur's Safety and Justice Challenge to reduce over-incarceration in America while maintaining or enhancing public safety, with a particular focus on addressing disproportionate justice impact on low-income individuals and communities of color. In 2017, 20 jurisdictions were selected to join the initial cohort of Innovation Fund participants.
To build on the momentum generated by the Innovation Fund work to date, MacArthur and Urban are announcing a second Innovation Fund competition. Innovation Fund sites will receive a grant of $50,000 and technical assistance and peer learning support in their efforts to rethink justice systems and implement data-driven strategies to safely reduce jail populations.
Agencies, organizations, and other entities interested in applying for the Innovation Fund can access the program and grant application details at https://innovation-fund.fluidreview.com.
Two informational webinars will be held. Registration is required. The webinars will be held:
If you would like to learn more about the Safety and Justice Challenge you can visit http://www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org.
SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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Stepping Up Day of Action | May 2018
In recognition of May as Mental Health Month, OhioMHAS will join peers across the nation to celebrate the three-year anniversary of Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails with a Day of Action on May 16, 2018.
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 effort has seen remarkable progress, with more than 415 counties across the country joining the movement by passing resolutions or proclamations to make this issue a top priority. Stepping Up Day of Action activities will take place across the country to share progress and raise public awareness of the issues facing individuals with mental illnesses, particularly those who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
- Click here to download the Day of Action planning toolkit.
Stepping Up is led nationally by the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
In Ohio, 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. Thus far, 34 Ohio counties have passed resolutions to join the effort.
Date: May 16, 2018
Stepping Up Conference | October 2018
Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities | June 2017
The Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CCoE) received funding from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to sponsor specialized training for public defenders and assigned counsel from Ohio Stepping Up communities. Two free, one day courses were offered on June 21, 2017 and June 23, 2017. The goal of the training opportunity was to provide Public Defenders and Assigned Counsel with the tools, materials and knowledge to better represent clients with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities. The materials from the event are posted below:
- Presenter Biographies
- Judges Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom
- Checklist for Defendants with Mental Health Issues in Dallas
- Working with Clients with Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities
- Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities
- Ethics of Working with Clients with Diminished Capacity
- Legal and Competency Issues, Concerns and Updates
- Effective Communication with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Medicaid and Jail Population Webinar | November 2016
On November 30, 2016, OhioMHAS hosted a webinar which featured a presentation and question and answer session with the Ohio Department of Medicaid. The webinar offered information on recent policy changes and procedures related to Medicaid for the jail population as well as other areas of the criminal justice system.
- Webinar Presentation Video
- Medicaid and the Jail Population PowerPoint Presentation
- Information Sheet: Medication Changes and Implications for the Jail Population
Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness: Judge Leifman and Cindy Schwartz, Miami Dade County, Florida | October 2016
Judge Leifman and Cindy Schwartz attended a stakeholders meeting held at NEOMED on October 19, 2016 and provided a presentation entitled, Ending the Criminalization of Mental Illness, the following day (October 20, 2016). Judge Leifman is an Associate Administrative Judge for Miami-Dade County Court in the Eleventh Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project and Cindy Schwartz is the Project Director for the Jail Diversion Program in the Eleventh Judicial Criminal Mental Health Project. Judge Leifman and Cindy Schwartz provided expertise regarding changes Miami-Dade has made in how they handle mentally ill individuals within the Criminal Justice system. Miami-Dade, Florida is a Stepping Up County that has made several strides to reduce the number of mentally ill individuals in jail. Check out the links and attachments provided by Judge Leifman and Cindy Schwartz to learn more about the programs and policies in Miami-Dade:
- Criminal Mental Health Project (CMHP) was established in 2000 to divert individuals with serious mental illnesses or co-occurring substance use disorders away from the criminal justice system and into comprehensive community-based treatment and support services. The CMHP provides an effective, cost-efficient solution to a community problem and works by eliminating gaps in services, and by forging productive and innovative relationships among all stakeholders who have an interest in the welfare and safety of one of our community’s most vulnerable populations.
- Mental Health Diversion Facility: Miami-Dade County has plans to begin renovating a former state forensic hospital Facility and develop a Mental Health Diversion Facility which will provide a variety of treatment and support services for individuals with serious mental illnesses involved or at the risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. The site is expected to be in full operation by 2018.
- Miami-Dade Forensic Alternative Center (MD-FAC): Diverts individuals with mental illnesses that were adjudicated incompetent to proceed to trial (ITP) from placement in state treatment facilities to placement in community-based treatment and competency restoration services. Program participants have been charged with less serious offenses and are screened to ensure they do not pose public safety risks.
Jail Diversion in Miami-Dade
- Misdemeanor Diversion Referral Process
- Felony Diversion Referral Process
- Jail Diversion Program Screening Sample
- 14 Essential Elements for an Effective Community System of Mental Health Care
- Sequential Intercept Mapping Report
Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness Meeting: Ideas that Cost Nothing | September 2016
On September 23, 2016, the Attorney General’s Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness convened to share information on free programs and opportunities that communities can implement to help address mental health needs. The Task Force was established in 2011 to address the significant number of mentally ill individuals cycling in and out of the criminal justice system.
Presentations and Resources from the meeting:
- Stepping Up: Leveraging Opportunities
- Free Education and Support for Families and People Impacted by Mental Illness
- Veterans Justice Outreach Program: A Federally Funded Valuable Resource for All Veterans Who Have Been Arrested
- Comprehensive Case Management and Education Program (CCMEP) - for youth ages 16 to 24 years old
- Ohio Benefits Bank: 15 free federal and state benefits for your client, accessible from one computer program
- Ohio Consortium of Crime Science (OCCS): Help Collecting Data or Evaluating a Program
- CIT Through CORSA: Free Training for Your Member Deputies
- Policies to Use Medication in the Jail that your Defendant or Family Already Have
In the news: Ohio Attorney General DeWine Releases Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness Report
Stepping Up Together: Ohio Counties Meet for The Stepping Up Summit | June 2015
On June 16, 2015 state and county officials gathered in Columbus to officially launch the Ohio Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses (including those with co-occurring substance use disorders) in jails. The Ohio Stepping Up Summit brought together teams from 23 counties to learn about best practices and implementation, and work together to develop local action plans.
Presentations and Resources from the Summit:
- Stepping Up: Next Steps
- A Vision for Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illness in Jails
- Vital Prescriptions Upon Release
- Psychiatric Prescription Upon Release Diagram
- Collaboration Between Jails and the Mental Health Community
- Delaware County Comprehensive Re-entry Plan Handout
- Delaware County West Central Community Correctional Facility Vivitrol Program Procedures Handout
- Franklin County 2016 – 2020 Strategy Handout
- Ohio Stepping Up Facilitation Document
- County Team Planning Session Report Form