Kansas program seeks to reduce number of incarcerated individuals with mental health, substance abuse concerns

The state of Kansas on Tuesday announced the opening of the “Stepping Up” Technical Assistance (TA) Center that is intended to help counties reduce the number of people in jails with a mental illness.

“We are proud Kansas is the second state to join the national ‘Stepping Up’ program,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement. “This initiative will allow us to improve public safety and address unnecessary spending while diverting more individuals to potentially life-saving treatment. We look forward to working with our state and local partners to reduce the number of individuals with a mental illness in jails.”

The center will offer virtual
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