County of Orange Selected to Attend National “Stepping Up” Summit

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March 1, 2016

Contact: Jean Pasco
(714) 834-7218
County of Orange Selected to Attend National “Stepping Up” Summit
(Santa Ana, CA) – The County of Orange has been selected following a highly competitive process to participate in the National “Stepping Up” Summit aimed at reducing the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses in jail, to be held in April in Washington DC. The initiative was created last year by the National Association of Counties with partners from the Council of State Governments’ Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. The Orange County Board of Supervisors fully supported the initiative by approving a resolution in May 2015 to encourage efforts by the Sheriff’s Department and Health Care Agency to enhance collaboration toward reducing the number of people in jails with mental illness and co-occurring substance use.