Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Jack R. Smith was honored to attend the 2018 Step Up Arizona Campaign and two-day Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit held by David's Hope, Arizona Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition.
David's Hope is a nonprofit organization created in 2009. Their vision is to reduce incarceration and promote treatment for those with mental illness and addictions in Arizona and across the nation. In order to accomplish their work, it is important that both mental health and criminal justice entities collaborate.
Supervisor Smith was joined by mental health and criminal justice stakeholders from across Arizona who shared their successes and challenges in reducing the number of people with mental illness and addiction who are incarcerated. Several leaders in Yavapai County were honored for their outstanding service to people in mental health crisis. Among those receiving awards were County Attorney Sheila Polk, Judge John Napper, Deputy Ashley Campbell, Deputy Ethan Stover, Sedona Police Officer Kevin Hudspeth, Prescott Police Sergeant Ben Scott, Cottonwood Police Officer Rowdy Scott and April Rhodes with Spectrum Healthcare.
Supervisor Smith stated, “Yavapai County continues to move the needle, reducing jail population and focusing on people’s needs first - by identifying mental illness early when initially contacted by law enforcement.”
You can learn more about the Stepping Up Initiative at https://stepuptogether.org/