Stepping Up Day of Action

May. 16, 2018 , 9:00 am
Contact Nastassia Walsh (202) 942-4289

May 2018 marks the three-year anniversary of Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails. Since the launch of the initiative, more than 400 counties in 43 states have passed a resolution or proclamation to join the initiative and commit to creating a data-driven, systems-level plan to reduce mental illness in their jail and improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses in their communities. As counties move forward with their efforts, the next phase of Stepping Up will focus on providing counties with the tools they need to systemically identify people with mental illnesses who enter local jails. The goal is to have every county collecting accurate, accessible baseline data on mental illness in its jail and using this data to quantify the scale of the problem, identify solutions and track progress on their Stepping Up efforts. Find out more and join the initiative at

Day of Action

Stepping Up is hosting a national Day of Action on May 16, 2018. During this Day of Action, counties are encouraged to hold an event or participate in local activities to share with constituents the progress they have made in addressing the prevalence of people with mental illnesses in their jails, raise public awareness and understanding of this important issue and emphasize their commitment to creating data-driven, systems-level changes to policy and practice to reduce the number of people with mental illness in their jail. Download the resources below to find out how your county can participate in the Stepping Up Day of Action.

Social Media Graphics
Guide to Talking to the Media
Sample Proclamation


Stepping Up shared additional information on the Day of Action during a Stepping Up webinar, Communicating About Your Efforts to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails,  on Thursday, March 15. View the recording and slides from that webinar here.


Stepping Up is a partnership between the National Association of Counties, The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Please contact Nastassia Walsh, NACo Program Manager, with any questions at or 202.942.4289.

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