|Forum Recap: Systems of Care in Juvenile Justice and Mental Health|(read more)7 days ago
(Left to right) Mary Jo Meyers, Deputy Director, Wraparound Milwaukee; Dr. Altha Stewart, Director, Just Care Family Network; and Denise Sulzbach, Director, Policy and Strategic Development, Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland, School of Social Work.
This morning, NACo’s Forum on Optimizing Health, Justice and Public Safety opened with a session that focused on Systems of Care in Juvenile Justice and Mental Health. The session was moderated by Ms. Denise Sulzbach who is the Director of Policy and Strategic Development at The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work. Mary Jo Meyers, Deputy Director of Wraparound Milwaukee, spoke about Wraparound Milwaukee in Milwaukee County, Wis. and Dr. Altha...
|Forum Recap: Mobile Workshop—Charleston County Judicial Center| (read more)7 days ago
Carson Fox, Chief Operating Office / Chief Counsel, National Association of Drug Court Professionals addresses workshop participants.
NACo’s Forum on Optimizing Health, Justice and Public Safety included a mobile workshop where participants had the opportunity to visit the Charleston County Judicial Center. At this workshop, participants learned about diversion programs that addressed unique needs of defendants in Charleston County. Specifically, participants were educated on Mental Health Court, Juvenile Drug Court and Adult Drug Court.
There were two diversion programs that participants learned greatly about in today’s mobile workshop: Drug Court and Mental Health Court. In 1989, a severe drug problem began that highly affected the j...
|Forum Recap: Health Coverage Enrollment for the County Jail Population|(read more)7 days ago
Following a workshop on NACo’s Mental Illness and Jails Initiative with NACo Executive Director Matt Chase and former Director of Behavioral Health Services in Salt Lake County, Utah Pat Fleming, concurrent sessions were held, one of which was the “Health Coverage Enrollment for the County Jail Population.” The session was moderated by Hon. Jim McDonough, Commissioner, Ramsey County, Minn.; with Christian Heiss, Senior Program Officer with the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., providing a national overview of what opportunities are available to counties to enroll justice-involved individuals in health coverage; Commander Sheila Lorance from Marion County, Ore., speaking from ...
|Forum Recap: Emergency Management for Vulnerable Populations|(read more)8 days ago
Elected officials and emergency managers are responsible for the public safety of all residents in their jurisdictions. However, there are distinct populations such as the elderly, disabled, non-English speakers and others that may be harder to reach prior to or during a disaster. Learn about successful efforts in jurisdictions to incorporate these populations in an emergency plan so that everyone is protected.
Key Points from Presentation:
Planning is paramount: Identify the needs of that community and what will they need in a disaster situation. Where do those assets exist? (ex. In Florida, there was a need for sign language interpreters, but the state didn't employ ...
|Forum Recap: NACo’s Mental Illness and Jails Initiative|(read more)8 days ago
NACo and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center are jointly embarking on an initiative to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jails. Mental health and justice issues are critical issues in counties. This session was an opportunity to learn more about the effort and share what is happening in participants’ counties and what type of information and assistance would be helpful to counties wishing to engage in an effort to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness in jails. Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson from Douglas County, Neb. introduced the session. Mr. Matthew Chase, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties and Mr. Pat Fleming, retired Director of Behavioral Health ...