Local workshop to address mental illness in jails, prison Oct. 4 & 5

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More than 30 Stark cross syStem partners invited by NEOMED facilitator

DSCN0247 - CopyStark County, OH (Oct. 3, 2016) Stark County was selected to participate in the “Sequential Intercept Mapping” workshop by Northeast Ohio Medical University’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence. The invitation-only, no cost event will be held at Stark County District Library, 715 Market Ave. N. on Tues., Oct. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Weds., Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. More than 30 cross systems partners will identify an approach to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illness in local jails and prisons.

The workshop develops a map illustrating how people with mental illness come in contact with and flow through the criminal justice system. Key stakeholders and local experts have been invited to review best practices; determine areas where immediate steps will create a more cohesive, integrated approach to service delivery; and to develop a local set of priorities for change. This workshop collaboration aims to improve the early identification of people with co-occurring disorders coming into contact with the criminal justice system, increase effective service linkage, reduce the likelihood of recycling through the criminal justice system, enhance community safety, and improve quality of life.

Cross system agencies and organizations invited include Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Community Treatment and Corrections Center, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, Heartland Behavioral Health Care, Stark County Sheriff’s Office, Stark County Jail, Stark County TASC, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Stark Regional Community Correction Center, Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Stark County Public Defender, Stark County Reentry Court, Stark County Probate Court, Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Stark County Health Department, Canton Municipal Court, Alliance Municipal Court, Canton Police Department, Massillon Police Department, Alliance Police Department, Canal Fulton Police Department, Aultman and Mercy Medical Hospitals, NAMI Stark County, CommQuest Services, Crisis Intervention & Recovery Center, Stark County Homeless Continuum of Care and mental health consumers.