NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

Conference

NACo's 83rd Annual Conference & Exposition

More than 3,000 county officials and partners participated in the 83rd NACo Annual Conference.  Find resources from the conference, including the American County Platform, videos and more.
Thu. July 12
4 pm

Documentary Screening and Discussion: “Heroin(e)”, Sponsored by Healthy Counties Initiative and Smart Justice

Separate RSVP required

Thu. July 12 | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Bayou C/D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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Please RSVP via the conference registration form. To check your RSVP response, email nacomeetings@naco.org.

Counties across the country are struggling with the recent rise in opioid addiction and opioid-related overdoses and deaths in their communities. During this event, county officials will watch "Heroin(e)," an original Netflix short documentary that directly addresses this issue and shares some of the solutions communities are identifying to meet these challenges. “Heroin(e)” highlights three women - the fire chief, a judge and a faith-based volunteer - working to change a West Virginia town’s narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse, one person at a time. After the documentary screening, participants have the opportunity to engage in a facilitated discussion with individuals involved with the film, followed by light refreshments compliments of Healthy Counties and Smart Justice sponsors.

Fri. July 13
9 am

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Morning Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Delta Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
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2 pm

Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee - Afternoon Meeting

Fri. July 13 | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Delta Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
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This meeting focuses on matters related to emergency management, as well as all policy proposals submitted for the committee's consideration.  

Sat. July 14
1 pm

Solutions Session: The Fiscal Case for Criminal Justice Reform

Sat. July 14 | 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Canal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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For many counties, over half of all annual operating expenditures are related to the criminal justice system, and rising costs are one of the most significant challenges for county governments. This workshop features a diverse panel of elected county leaders discussing their criminal justice systems with a focus on the fiscal imperatives that led to and are driving system reforms and discusses ending the use of fines and fees as a source for funding general government or operating the criminal justice system, reducing incarceration through better pre-trial services and incarceration alternatives and understanding the fiscal impact of a county's criminal justice system and its funding streams, operations and partners. 

Sun. July 15
9 am

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part I: Using Screening and Assessment to Accurately Identify People in Your Jail with Behavioral Health Treatment Needs

Sun. July 15 | 9:00 am to 10:15 am
Presidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2
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Counties need to have an effective screening and assessment process to accurately identify justice-involved individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders. In addition to using this information to make referrals to treatment and services, having accurate and timely data is critical for developing a strategic action plan that effectively targets resources and for tracking progress on efforts to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the jail and produce better outcomes. In this workshop, hear from your peers about how they are identifying people with behavioral health treatment needs in the justice system and how they are using this information to make connections to treatment and services in the jail and the community.

10 am

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part II: Identifying and Treating the People with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

Sun. July 15 | 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Presidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2
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Individuals who regularly cycle in and out of jails, emergency departments and other crisis services – who are sometimes called high utilizers or frequent utilizers – often use many county resources but still experience poor outcomes. Many of these individuals have untreated mental illnesses that contribute to homelessness, illicit substance use and involvement in illegal activities. In this workshop, hear from your peers about identifying the most frequent users of your justice, health and human services systems and targeting resources to connect them to appropriate treatment and services to improve outcomes and effectively use resources.

2 pm

Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health Part III: Tracking Connections to Services and Outcomes for Individuals with the Highest Needs in Your Justice System

Sun. July 15 | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
Presidential Ballroom B, Convention Center, Level 2
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Establishing effective connections to important services for justice-involved populations, including linkages to housing, behavioral health treatment, health care and employment assistance, are part of efforts to more effectively use county resources, improve public safety and increase health and well-being. Developing the programs and policies to establish baseline data on key measures and then track and evaluate the performance of these measures are critical steps in developing data-driven systems. In this workshop, learn how counties are demonstrating the value and impact of making the right connections to care and services. 

3 pm

Evidence-Based Decision Making for County Leaders

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Canal E, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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Evidence-based policymaking uses the best available research to expand investments in cost-effective programs by focusing resources on proven programs, which can strengthen accountability of county-funded programs and services, more efficiently use taxpayer resources and ultimately improve outcomes for individuals and communities. This workshop will include an overview of a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts on evidence-based policymaking at the local level and highlight several counties that are using evidence-based decision making in selecting programs and policies.

The Opioid Crisis: Supporting County Medical Examiners’ and Coroners' Offices

Sun. July 15 | 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm
Presidential Ballroom D, Convention Center, Level 2
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The opioid epidemic has reached historic proportions with 175 Americans dying from overdose every day—opioid deaths now make up over half of all drug-related deaths in the country. Medical examiners and coroner’s offices, which are responsible for investigating and performing autopsies for drug-related deaths, have experienced a shortage in forensic pathologists leading to a decline in the standard of work of opioid and other drug-related autopsies across the country. In this workshop, speakers will discuss the challenges facing county medical examiners and coroners with the influx of cases due to the opioid epidemic and identify solutions to address the dire shortage of county-based forensic pathologists to meet these challenges.

Mon. July 16
8 am

Juvenile Justice Reform Discussion

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Canal D, Convention Center, Delta Mezzanine, Level M
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Join this interactive discussion about critical issues facing local juvenile justice systems, led by Shay Bilchik, Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.  Topical areas will include developing school/justice partnerships and diversion pathways, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, supporting the well-being of LGBTQ youth, working more effectively with youth in custody and improving decision-making in the juvenile justice system.  Mr. Bilchik will also provide information about a developing partnership between CJJR and NACo to offer one of CJJR's Certificate Programs to county officials and will seek input about which topics are of greatest interest and importance to the county officials.

Solutions Session: Addressing Substance Use Disorders In Your County - Reentry, Recovery and Reducing Recidivism

Mon. July 16 | 8:00 am to 9:15 am
Jackson C/D, Convention Center, Presidential Mezzanine, Level M
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This session explores how connections to treatment, recovery and social services result in positive outcomes for individuals and county systems. Counties play an integral role in securing treatment and support for successful reentry from the justice system and connection with treatment and recovery services for individuals with substance use disorders, many of whom face challenges in securing housing, training, education and employment.