Stepping Up Expands Push for Counties to Collect Data on Number of People in Jails Who Have Mental Illnesses

The Stepping Up initiative launched a national effort today to help counties collect accurate, accessible data on the number of people who have mental illnesses entering their jails. As part of the effort, seven rural and urban Innovator Counties–Calaveras County, CA; Miami-Dade County, FL; Champaign County, IL; Douglas County, KS; Johnson County, KS; Franklin County, OH; and Pacific County, WA–have been selected as models for their expertise in accurately identifying these individuals and consistently collecting data on them.

These Innovator Counties will be sharing their experiences and helping other counties strengthen their data-collection abilities. In addition, counties will receive technical assistance and resources from the Stepping Up partners to improve their mental health screening and assessment processes and improve their data collection and tracking so that they are equipped to deploy strategies that create a system-wide impact.