Kansas Governor Kelly: ‘Stepping Up’ to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

Kansas Governor Kelly: ‘Stepping Up’ to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

Governor Kelly Announces Kansas to Open ‘Stepping Up’ Center to Reduce Number of People with Mental Illness in Jails

Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), and The Council of State Governments’ (CSG) Justice Center announced the opening of the Kansas ‘Stepping Up’ Technical Assistance (TA) Center to help counties reduce the prevalence of people with a serious mental illness in jails.

“We are proud Kansas is the second state to join the national ‘Stepping Up’ program,” said Governor Laura Kelly.  “This initiative will allow us to improve public safety and address unnecessary spending while diverting more individuals to potentially life-saving treatment.  We look forward to working with our state and local partners to reduce the number of individuals with a mental illness in jails.”

The Kansas ‘Stepping Up’ TA Center —only the second of its kind in the nation—will offer virtual and in-person technical assistance tailored specifically to Kansas counties to support policies and programs that improve outcomes for people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails.  Reinforced by support from the national ‘Stepping Up’ initiative, this effort will be directly informed by local needs and guided by a leadership team of state and local representatives.

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