March 13, 2020

A COVID-19 Update

Blog, Health Care, In the News

Dear Colleagues, With news and new cases of 2019 novel Coronavirus sweeping the nation and driving a state of panic, a few considerations come to mind for us at The Equitas Project. Now, more than ever, as remote work becomes the norm, h...

August 6, 2018

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

Blog, Childhood, Corrections, Data, Education, Employment, Health Care, Housing, In the News, Justice, Media Releases, Policy & Culture Change, Public Safety, Reentry

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...

May 29, 2018

Mental Health Awareness Month 2018


Where does culture end and the brain begin? The truth is, our culture simultaneously creates and is created by our brains. As the brain receives information from the environment, it creates linkages, pattern recognition, and meaning. We ...

December 28, 2017

Year in Review 2017


In 2017, Equitas engaged in dialogue to disentangle mental health and criminal justice with leaders in Indiana; the Mid-Atlantic region including Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia; Los Angeles; New York; Milwaukee; and Chicago. We rel...

November 21, 2017

Supported Employment (Part II)


“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” –Mark Twain   One of the sad ironies in 21st century America is that there are so many who have to work, and want to work, but who are effectively pr...

October 26, 2017

NDEAM: Recovery, Success, and the Value of Work


All feelings of Monday morning ambivalence (or reluctance) aside, work provides most people in the United States not just with a necessary source of income, but also with a sense of purpose and a compelling reason to get up in the mornin...

September 1, 2017

Public Health 101: Upstream Interventions


What does it look like when we cultivate health and prioritize personal liberty? Embodying these values requires civic-mindedness and a public health approach, using preventative, cost-effective strategies to support mental, physical, an...

July 28, 2017

July is National Minority Mental Health Month


Ethnic, national, and gender minorities in the U.S. have worse mental health, and are incarcerated at a disproportionately higher rate, than the white cisgender majority. Though we are coming to the end of July’s National Minority Ment...

July 27, 2017

Meet Caleigh Cassidy: Equitas’ Summer Intern


Caleigh Cassidy, a senior psychology major at Colorado College, is interning with Equitas this summer. Learn more about Caleigh in the Q&A below. 1.) Are you a Colorado native? If not, where are you from originally and what brought you h...

June 27, 2017

A Case for Supportive Housing


Because Abraham Lincoln’s Homestead Act empowered people, it freed people from the burden of poverty. It freed them to control their own destinies, to create their own opportunities, and to live the vision of the American dream. –George ...

June 15, 2017

2017’s Legislative Successes in Colorado


2016-2017 was an important legislative year for the state of Colorado. Experts and leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice from all over the state—urban, rural, and frontier–were decisive, clear, and direct. With unique cross...

May 16, 2017

Mental Health Awareness Every Day


May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. We are called to be mindful of our own mental health and to tune in to all those whose lives are touched by mental illness. Mental health and mental illness, directly and indirectly, affect ...

March 7, 2017

Equitas Travels to Bexar County


In January, Equitas—along with Colorado partners Hassan Latif and Sean Taylor of the Second Chance Center, Commissioner Nancy Jackson of Arapahoe County, and Sue Renner of the Merage Foundations—traveled to Bexar County, Texas, where...

January 5, 2017

Vital Investments: Access to Coverage and Care


In light of expected changes to healthcare delivery and access under the incoming presidential administration, the American Psychology Association, the Equitas Foundation, and a coalition of stakeholders have released a consensus letter ...

December 5, 2016

Severe Mental Illness and the Death Penalty


In Dee Hibbert-Jones & Nomi Talisman’s film, Last Day of Freedom, Manny Babbitt’s childhood traumatic brain injury goes untreated, and when he returns from the war in Vietnam with his poor mental health severely exacerbated, he conti...

October 13, 2016

Early Childhood Interventions


They say “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” With total costs of incarceration now estimated at trillions of dollars nationally and no sign of curing recidivism, improving behavioral health, or even deterring crime thr...

September 21, 2016

Colorado Course Corrections 2016


On August 31 and September 1 of 2016, over two hundred experts and leaders in behavioral health and criminal justice from all over the state gathered for Course Corrections: Colorado Summit on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice. The...

June 17, 2016

Thoughts on SB 169


While SB16-169 awaits the Governor’s signature or veto, we continue locking people with mental health challenges in jails, whether or not they are criminals. Mental health deteriorates in jail. Sometimes legally innocent people kill th...

January 15, 2015

Correcting Corrections


By Dunia Dickey No mention of Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) Executive Director Rick Raemisch can be made without reference to the leadership and courage he has shown by dramatically reducing the number of prisoners kept in sol...

November 13, 2014

City Streets on a Rainy Night


By Dunia Dickey It’s nice to ride in the front of a police car, I thought to myself.  It was a rainy Friday night around 10pm and I was going on a ride-along with Sergeant Layla DeStaffany, who is in charge of seven officers of the ...

June 8, 2014

Equitas Foundation Gathers


As mental health issues in the justice system command more and more attention in today’s  Canada Goose Jackets Outlet headlines, the work of Equitas Foundation couldn’t be more timely or relevant. Memorial Day weekend of 2014 saw the in...