Equitas Executive Director Interviewed on Wrongful Conviction // Season 8 Episode 4 // Disentangling Mental Health & Criminal Justice

In this compelling interview, Vincent Atchity and Kelly Grimes join Jason Flom for a candid discussion about the criminal justice system and how it fails to support Americans with mental health challenges.  Vincent Atchity has served as Executive Director of The Equitas Project since 2015. Vincent is an advocate for public health and health equity, a population health management strategist, …

Jailing people with mental illness is a national problem. The solutions are local.

There are countless problems in this world that lack ready solutions. Jailing so many people with mental illness is not one of them. While it’s a national problem, addressing mental illness in America’s jails requires local people finding on-the-ground solutions. Progress requires teamwork among judges, police, sheriffs, mental health workers, probation officers and others who affect the lives of people …

Coordination and Communication are Key to Improving Mental Health and Criminal Justice in America

Mental health and criminal justice are a tangled mess in communities all across the country. Rather than supporting health from childhood through old age, our social systems show hardly any signs of understanding mental health at all. We don’t systematically recognize or have the capacity to respond to early indications for concern, and instead rely upon law enforcement to intervene …

ADMINISTRATION PRESSED TO EXPAND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

WASHINGTON — Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. Organizations representing state officials and people with mental illness say no one wants to go back to warehousing patients. But they also say that federal action is needed to reverse …

Breed, Wiener working to ease destructive behavior on street

California state Sen. Scott Wiener’s newly introduced legislation would give counties more control over conservatorship programs for the mentally ill and drug-addicted. Currently, California counties can hospitalize people for 72 hours against their will if they pose a danger to themselves or others, or are gravely disabled. The county can go before a judge to seek a 14-day extension and then repeat …

What does someone with mental illness look like? A museum tries to answer that.

“Many Faces of Our Mental Health,” an exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Science, is an attempt to cut through common misconceptions about mental illness. The show explores mental health through the lenses of both art and science, exploring up-to-date knowledge on the topic and addressing the lives of people with mental illness. Read the full article here.

Measuring Up on Mental Health?

How are we doing on goals to reduce mental health disparities and improve outcomes in the federal government’s Healthy People 2020 goal? “We have seen some gains in the expansion of mental health treatment in recent years.” But, “despite some success overall, progress in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention is not just stagnating—it is deteriorating.” Read the full …

Our Journey Home (Official Trailer)

Housing is the foundation on which we build our lives. As a country, we have had an unstable relationship with public and affordable housing. Housing people affordably is key to helping communities foster citizens who are healthy and engaged. We can close the cycle of poverty and reduce the mental and behavioral health troubles experienced by those who are unstably …

Washington’s Gutless Approach to Our Addiction Crisis

The Portuguese government implemented this model of decriminalization in 2001: if someone is arrested with a small quantity of any illegal drug, they are not placed in handcuffs or sent to jail. Instead, that person receives a summons to appear at a panel with a lawyer, social worker, and psychiatrist. Overall drug use has steadily decreased in Portugal over the …