|16 Counties Awarded Safety and Justice Challenge Grants|(read more)25 hours ago
Written by: Kathy Rowings, Justice Program Manager
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced it is awarding 20 jurisdictions $150,000 grants and expert counsel to create plans that will lead to fairer, more effective local justice systems. The grants are a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.
The Challenge Networkis made up of 16 counties, three cities and one state-wide system. The sites are geographically distributed throughout the country and have a diverse jail capacity size, ranging from 239 beds in Mesa County, Co...
|Four Counties Selected as Awardees in National Pay for Success Competition|(read more)3 months ago
Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Program Manager.
Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector), a grantee of the Social Innovation Fund’s Pay for Success program, announced today the selection of seven awardees—four of which are counties—to receive federally funded technical assistance to assess the feasibility of implementing Pay for Success (PFS). Awardees (referred to as “Sub-Recipients”) have demonstrated commitment to funding high-quality, effective social interventions that produce measurable outcomes in the areas of early childhood education and health, child welfare, teen pregnancy and workforce development. The four county Sub-Recipients are:
Travis County/Austin, Texas, with leadership from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, will focus on determining the feasibility of PFS f...
|(NACo Podcasts) Optimizing Health, Justice & Public Safety in Your County|(read more)4 months 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)4 months 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)4 months 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...