June 15, 2017

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-sector consensus, experts and leaders...

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May 24, 2017

We may be in the second decade of the 21st century here in the Land of the Free, but all over the country our wealth of community resources somehow leads to handcuffs, an overencumbered justice system, and crowded jails...

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May 16, 2017

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...

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April 24, 2017

“You wouldn’t take a car to a dentist to get fixed. Why would you use a jail for mental health treatment?” asked Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid during Equitas’ Mid-Atlantic Summit April 4, 2017 – (DENVER, COLO.) – March...

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April 6, 2017

    At the most recent Equitas Course Corrections Summit held on March 22 and 23, Sheriff Tom Dart from Cook County, Illinois, shared observations and troubling statistics regarding the incarceration of mentally ill people in both Chicago and...

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Team at Haven for Hope

March 7, 2017

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 they visited The Center for...

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January 11, 2017

SB 16-169, which would have extended the time individuals in mental health crisis could be held in jails was vetoed by Governor Hickenlooper in June 2016. “We agree that appropriate mental health facilities are not always readily available to...

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January 5, 2017

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 recommending that comprehensive approaches “to addressing issues...

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December 5, 2016

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 continues to go...

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October 13, 2016

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 through incarceration,...

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