Join the national Stepping Up partners for a Month of Action Twitter chat on May 30 at 12 p.m. Eastern
On May 30, 2019, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern, the national Stepping Up initiative to reduce mental illness in jails will host a Month of Action Twitter Chat to discuss how counties are creating and implementing data-driven plans to impact this important issue.
Participation is easy! @NACoTweets will guide the discussion around a series of questions labeled Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. Respond to the questions by using the hashtag (#StepUp4MentalHealth) and the corresponding A1, A2, A3, etc. for each answer. Follow #StepUp4MentalHealth to engage with your peers during the discussion.
Twitter Chat Questions
Q1. We know nationally that an estimated 2 million annual jail admissions involve a person with a serious mental illness. Why do you think this is happening in your county?
Q2. Since 2015, 475+ counties have Stepped Up! Why did your county join the national initiative? If your county hasn’t joined, what questions do you have about joining?
Q3. An estimated 75% of individuals with a serious mental illness in jails have a co-occurring substance use disorder. What are you doing in your county to address these illnesses together?
Q4. What is your county’s top priority with the Stepping Up initiative to reduce mental illness in jails?
Q5. How are you working across sectors to support your Stepping Up efforts? How have you engaged key stakeholders?
Q6. What policies or programs have you implemented to reduce jail bookings of people w/ mental illness?
Q7. What policies or programs have you implemented to reduce jail length of stay for people w/ mental illness?
Q8. What policies or programs have you implemented to connect people w/ mental illness to treatment after jail release?
Q9. What policies or programs have you implemented to reduce recidivism for people w/ mental illness in jail?
Q10. While most counties recognize the need to address mental illness in jails, they face a variety of barriers, such as minimal resources and a lack of coordination between agencies. What types of obstacles has your county faced in its efforts to reduce mental illness in jails?