|(NACo Podcasts) Optimizing Health, Justice & Public Safety in Your County|(read more)3 weeks ago
This past January, NACo held a joint Healthy Counties Initiative and Justice and Public Safety forum in Charleston S.C. This video podcast takes a look at two of the issues discussed during the forum: addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system, and the intersection of behavioral health and justice systems.
During the podcast, we hear from Commissioner Joan Garner and Commissioner Katie “Kay” Cashion, respective chairs of the NACo Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board and NACo Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, as well as James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, and Judge Steve Leifman of the Mia...
|Forum Recap: Systems of Care in Juvenile Justice and Mental Health|(read more)5 weeks 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)5 weeks 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)5 weeks 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)5 weeks 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 ...