A team of criminal justice and behavioral health professionals from Johnson County attended a two-day summit in Washington D.C. last week that brought together select teams from U.S. counties of all sizes as part of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in our nation’s jails.
The Stepping Up Summit convened jail administrators, law enforcement officials, county elected officials, mental health professionals and other stakeholders from 50 jurisdictions across the country. The Johnson County delegation included Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe, Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson, Johnson County Mental Health Director Tim DeWeese and Criminal Justice Coordinator Robert Sullivan.
You can read more in this news release.
Johnson County Assistant County Manager Maury Thompson spoke on a panel about strategies to leverage state and federal funds for behavioral health care services. That video is available at this link (please scroll down to April 19 and view the second video clip.)