An estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses are admintted to jails across the nation, while local governments face the real financial and operational issues related to jail overcrowding.

The Stepping Up Initiative, is teaming with mental health experts and county officials to help reach meaningful prison and mental health reform.  

What is the National Summit?

The National Summit on Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Mental Illnesses in Jails (National Summit) will be held from Sunday, April 17 – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Washington, D.C. County teams will learn the strategies, resources, and materials that others across the country are using to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails. You can read stories of efforts that are being taken across the country as part of the Stepping Up Initiative here.
50 teams have been selected to attend the summit. You can see the list of participating counties here.

The American Psychiatric Association Foundation will provide travel stipends to up to five team members from each selected county to participate in the National Summit.

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Funding for the National Summit, including participants' costs, is provided by the APA Foundation.


If you, or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, click here for a list of resources.