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File #: 17-0039R    Version: 0 Name: Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 8/14/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 8/14/2017
Enactment #:
Title: Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails For the purpose of joining the Call to Action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in our jails, committing to sharing lessons learned with other jurisdictions in Maryland and across the country to support a national initiative, and encouraging all of our private sector partners, City agencies, and local non-profits to participate in Stepping Up.
Sponsors: Sharon Green Middleton, President Young, Bill Henry, Brandon M. Scott, Ryan Dorsey, Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, John T. Bullock, Eric T. Costello, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Robert Stokes, Sr., Shannon Sneed, Mary Pat Clarke, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Initiative, Jails, Mental Illnesses, Number, Reduce
Attachments: 1. 17-0039R~1st Reader, 2. Completed Legislative File 17-0039R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Middleton


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Stepping Up Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
For the purpose of joining the Call to Action to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in our jails, committing to sharing lessons learned with other jurisdictions in Maryland and across the country to support a national initiative, and encouraging all of our private sector partners, City agencies, and local non-profits to participate in Stepping Up.
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Whereas, local jurisdictions routinely provide treatment services to the estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year.

Whereas, prevalence rates of serious mental illnesses in jails are three to six times higher than for the general population.

Whereas, almost three-quarters of adults with serious mental illnesses in jails have co-occurring substance use disorders.

Whereas, adults with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of recidivism than people without these disorders.

Whereas, local jails spend two to three times more on adults with mental illnesses that require interventions compared to those without these treatment needs.

Whereas, without the appropriate treatment and services, people with mental illnesses continue to cycle through the criminal justice system, often resulting in tragic outco...

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