County Solutions

Counties face many challenges. One of NACo’s primary goals is to help counties meet those challenges and assist them to better serve their residents.

This section of the web site offers many ways to deal with current problems, as well as preparing for the future. It includes programs to save money, help for residents and employees, information on grants, and opportunities for becoming a more effective leader through ed​​ucational resources and training sessions. There are also ways for counties to gauge whether their programs are innovative and effective through award recognition. 

Raising public awareness and understanding about counties is also a goal. Programs for pursuing this effort are included in this section. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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Criminal Justice

NACo's Criminal Justice Programs provide technical assistance to counties through a mix of educational programming on issues ranging from the methamphetamine epidemic, adults and juveniles with mental health/substance abuse needs coming into contact with local criminal/juvenile justice systems, and juvenile detention reform (the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative-JDAI). 

Through these grant-supported projects, NACo helps counties find solutions to safely and effectively respond to methamphetamine abuse, divert individuals with mental illness from county jails, transition offenders exiting jail with co-occurring disorders to community-based mental health treatment and create community alternatives to unnecessary juvenile detention. 

To carry out these program activities, NACo is supported by grants from Eli Lilly and Company, U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


For more information on NACo's criminal justice program, please contact Maeghan Gilmore at / 202.942.4261. 

Criminal Justice Programs

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