Stepping Up: Key Considerations for Reducing Mental Illness in Jails

Jul. 25, 2016 , 8:00 am – 9:15 am
104 B

Counties are "Stepping Up" to reduce mental illness in their jails. Two challenges that people with mental illnesses face before, after and during their involvement with the justice system is right to counsel and access to housing. Both of these factors can have a significant impact on whether a person is arrested, how long he or she remains in jail, and his or her success after release. During this roundtable, national experts and county practitioners will discuss challenges and opportunities and outline how changing the provision of these services can help to reduce jail populations, save money and ensure the safety.


  • Ms. Brooke Page, Assistant Manager, Clark County Social Service, Clark County, Nev.
  • Hon. Ronnie Beale, Commissioner, Macon County, N.C.
  • Ms. Verah Bradford, Head Deputy, Mental Health Unit; Law Offices of the Public Defender, Los Angeles County
  • Ms. Corrin Buchanan, Diversion and Reentry Housing Director, Housing for Health, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • Ms. Colette Tvedt, Public Defense Training and Reform Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Mr. Patrick Fleming, NACo Senior Fellow
  • Ms. Whitney Lawrence, Program Manager, CSH Los Angeles