December 10th, 2014
Paton Blough had the honor of speaking at a congressional briefing in Capitol Hill on December 9th, 2014 on the need of reducing the number of mentally ill individuals in US prisons and jails.
STEPPING UP: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
Recognizing the critical role local and state officials play in supporting change, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center are leading an unprecedented national initiative to help advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails. To build on the foundation of innovative and evidence-based practices already being implemented across the country, and to bring these efforts to scale, NACo and the CSG Justice Center plan to engage partner organizations with expertise in the complex issues at stake, including those representing sheriffs, jail administrators, judges, community corrections professionals and treatment providers, consumers, advocates, mental health and drug abuse service directors, and other stakeholders.