Best Practices Implementation Academy to Reduce the Number of People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Jails

Date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:00pm
Location: 
The Alexandrian
480 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
Event Description: 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, in association with the National Association of Counties (NACo), held a national convening, the Best Practices Implementation Academy to Reduce the Number of People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders in Jails (BPIA), to support and collaborate with key stakeholders across three national initiatives that aim to reduce the over-incarceration of people with mental and substance use disorders in jails: the Stepping Up Initiative, Data-Driven Justice Initiative, and MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge. The convening offered technical assistance to local jurisdictions on best practices and implementation strategies from each initiative.  

Fulton County/Atlanta was selected as a participant for the 2018 Best Practices Implementation Academy due to the work it has done as part of the Stepping Up Initiative. A small team of Fulton County Justice and Mental Health Task Force members participated in the BPIA and heard presentations on cutting edge and best practices, followed by facilitated sessions to focus on strategy development and planning efforts.