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2017 Statewide Stepping Up Summit


When: December 4-5, 2017

Where:  The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, State College

What: Stepping Up Summit is a national initiative to reduce the number of individuals with mental illnesses in jails.  Stepping Up asks counties across the country to come together to develop localized action plans that can be used to achieve measurable impact in their local criminal justice systems.   

The Pennsylvania Stepping Up Summit is a partnership between PCCD, the Department of Human Services, the County Commissioners Association of PA, and the Stepping Up partners (The Council of State Governments Justice Center, The American Psychiatric Association Foundation, and the National Association of Counties). This Summit will convene a broad cross-section of county leaders, state officials, and representatives from state and national organizations to share challenges, best practices, and advance their plans for measuring and reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in Pennsylvania jails following the Stepping Up framework.  

Who Should Attend: County leadership teams consisting of elected officials/administrators and representatives from the behavioral health and criminal justice system.

This event will help criminal justice and behavioral health professionals understand the key elements of Stepping Up and how to implement Stepping Up in a county. 

There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided on both days.

To view agenda: December 4-5, 2017

Registration is no longer available for this event.

For overnight accommodations, please contact the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center and utilize the booking code PCCD17B.  Deadline for the discounted room rate of $98.00 is November 4, 2017. 

Conference PowerPoint Presentations:

Keynote: A Vision for Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails (PDF) - Fred Osher, M.D., Director of Health Systems and Services Policy, Council of State Governments Justice Center

Making the Most of Your Role to Reduce the Prevalence of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails – Elected Officials/ Administrative (PDF) - Honorable Kevin Barnhardt, County Commissioner, Berks County

Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail: Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask (PDF) - Council of State Governments Justice Center

Approaches to Reducing Homelessness (PDF)    

       - Kim Keaton, Associate Director of Data and Analytics, Corporation for Supportive Housing

       - Barbara J. Warunek, Court Programs & Development Director, Columbia County 

       - Wendy Flanigan, Coordinator of Service Development and Quality Management, Bucks County