Orange County officials will be traveling to Washington D.C. in April for a national summit focused on reducing number of adults in jails with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, according to a county press release.

Dubbed the National Stepping Up Summit, it is a new initiative created by the National Association of Counties, Council of State Governments’ Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Chief Probation Officer Steven Sentman, Deputy Director of Behavioral Health Services Mary Hale, Deputy Director of Correctional Health Kim Pearson and Supervisor Todd Spitzer will attend the summit.

More than 240 counties across the country have signed on to the initiative.

Visit the Stepping Up Initiative website. 

Contact Thy Vo at or follow her on Twitter @thyanhvo.

Since you've made it this far,

You are obviously connected to your community and value good journalism. As an independent and local nonprofit, our news is accessible to all, regardless of what they can afford. Our newsroom centers on Orange County’s civic and cultural life, not ad-driven clickbait. Our reporters hold powerful interests accountable to protect your quality of life. But it’s not free to produce. It depends on donors like you.

Join the conversation: In lieu of comments, we encourage readers to engage with us across a variety of mediums. Join our Facebook discussion. Message us via our website or staff page. Send us a secure tip. Share your thoughts in a community opinion piece.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *