Health, Justice & Prosperity

Require the mobilization of partners along
a community health continuum

One in five children experiences a challenging mental health issue.

Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.

37% of students age 14-21 and older with a mental health condition who are served by special education drop out of school. Juvenile corrections facilities in 15 states do not hold facility educators to accountability standards.

The unemployment rate for people utilizing public mental health services is about 80%. And, as many as three out of four people (75%) remain unemployed a year after release from incarceration.

Supportive housing programs contribute to dramatic reductions in arrest rates, reduced hospitalizations, and greater adherence to cost-effective treatment.

Comprehensive public safety data collection and analysis is essential for identifying and implementing effective interventions.

Gathering and analyzing justice system data allows us to make informed decisions and detect unevenness in sentencing. Justice system data gathering and analysis can help us dismantle mass incarceration.

Hundreds of studies have analyzed the effectiveness of corrections programs using proven interventions, data collection, and careful analysis, but gaps remain between research and practice.

Successful reentry is often measured by recidivism, which tracks whether someone is re-arrested or sentenced for a new crime following their return to the community. In the U.S., 76.6% are rearrested within 5 years.

Policies affecting children have impacts that last a lifetime.

Health care policy reform is vital to guaranteeing increased access. Enforcing existing rules, like Parity Law, is a good place to start.

Policy reform is needed to help students with mental health disorders, and those caught in the criminal justice system, to access education.

Policies supporting the hiring of people with mental illness and those who have criminal records will improve employment rates for these populations and enhance our overall economy.

Across the United States, affordable housing has become increasingly scarce. Communities everywhere would benefit from developing more permanent supportive housing for those in need.

With thousands of independently managed law enforcement offices operating across the country, changes in public safety policies should be effected through local, state, and nationwide campaigns.

Justice system policy change and enforcement can be affected through changing sentencing laws, electing principled district attorneys, funding quality public defense, “court watching,” and more.

The volatility of corrections policy in the United States indicates the degree to which it is driven by fear. We can take responsibility for cultivating healthy communities by relying on facts and research to inform policy.

Policies facilitating the transition back to society post-incarceration can improve reentry outcomes. Education and job training, and connections to employment, housing, medical care, and other supports, have demonstrated success.

Childhood

Childhood

Supporting the development of mental and emotional health in early childhood is vital to lifelong wellbeing. It helps ensure future prosperity for individuals and communities.

Health Care

Health Care

Individual access to health care across the lifespan builds community wellbeing. We must ensure affordable, high quality mental and physical health services are available to everyone.

Education

Education

Education is a key stepping stone to success in our communities. Ensuring access to supportive programs for students of all ages, and guaranteeing access to education for incarcerated citizens will yield better outcomes.

Employment

Empoyment

Employment helps us build meaningful lives, and is often essential for good mental health. Every community member should have a chance to do meaningful work, including those with a mental illness and those who have a criminal record.

Housing

Housing

Secure housing is a basic human need. Communities across the country provide supportive housing to those who face homelessness or struggle with physical and mental illnesses, to positive result, and at lower cost.

Public Safety

Public Safety

Every day, first responders, public safety officers, and prosecutors engage with people in mental health crisis. When health-driven behaviors result in police encounters, alternatives to arrest and criminal charges should be available.

Justice

Justice

Communities must strive to achieve justice for all, while preserving individual rights. Real justice must address and correct for inequities that exist among us because of differences in health, race, and privilege.

Corrections

Corrections

Our communities have the capacity and intelligence to implement proven interventions that successfully correct the behaviors of individuals in detention, and that interrupt cycles of crime.

Reentry

Reentry

Prevented from voting, securing housing, finding work, and rebuilding their lives, people who have completed an incarceration term still face lifelong exile. In the U.S., every sentence is a life sentence. We must do better.

Disentangling mental health and criminal justice will
yield individual and community prosperity.

Childhood

Supporting the development of mental and emotional health in early childhood is vital to lifelong wellbeing. It helps ensure future prosperity for individuals and communities.


Health Care

Individual access to health care across the lifespan builds community wellbeing. We must ensure affordable, high quality mental and physical health services are available to everyone.


Education

Education is a key stepping stone to success in our communities. Ensuring access to supportive programs for students of all ages, and guaranteeing access to education for incarcerated citizens will yield better outcomes.


Employment

Employment helps us build meaningful lives, and is often essential for good mental health. Every community member should have a chance to do meaningful work, including those with a mental illness and those who have a criminal record.


Housing

Secure housing is a basic human need. Communities across the country provide supportive housing to those who face homelessness or struggle with physical and mental illnesses, to positive result, and at lower cost.


Public Safety

Every day, first responders, public safety officers, and prosecutors engage with people in mental health crisis. When health-driven behaviors result in police encounters, alternatives to arrest and criminal charges should be available.


Justice

Communities must strive to achieve justice for all, while preserving individual rights. Real justice must address and correct for inequities that exist among us because of differences in health, race, and privilege.


Corrections

Our communities have the capacity and intelligence to implement proven interventions that successfully correct the behaviors of individuals in detention, and that interrupt cycles of crime.


Reentry

Prevented from voting, securing housing, finding work, and rebuilding their lives, people who have completed an incarceration term still face lifelong exile. In the U.S., every sentence is a life sentence. We must do better.


 

Data

Like policy, data can be harnessed to drive social change. In fact, data often inform policy initiatives and the successful passage of reforms. If we’re asking the right questions and questioning biases, intelligently managing data sets can help us disentangle mental health and criminal justice. Tracking data can reveal disparities and impacts, can map changes over time, and allows us to make predictions about behaviors and trends. Law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and governmental and non-governmental organizations must increasingly turn to data collection and analysis to answer questions, measure individual outcomes and experiences, improve operations, and achieve cost-savings in the context of complex systems.


Policy

In the United States, public policy reform functions as a powerful driver of social change. Policy is created through making or changing laws, and also through judicial decisions, the creation of regulatory measures by government agencies, and through funding priorities set by a lawmakers and administrators. Our public policies greatly affect the daily lives of Americans. They created mass incarceration and contribute to the disproportional representation of those with mental illnesses, people of color, and the poor in the criminal justice system. To reflect American values of liberty and justice for all, voters must actively work to influence local, state, and national policies and budgets, and get us back in alignment with our stated priorities as a nation.