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    The Justice System and Mental Health

    With nearly 2 million people with serious mental illness arrested each year, the U.S. correctional system is the nation’s primary provider of inpatient psychiatric care. We need to change that.


    Communities Coming Together

    By providing police, judges and county officials with resources that can help them better understand, recognize and address mental illness, we are reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails and improving public health and safety.

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    • The Stepping Up Initiative
    • Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative
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    The Stepping Up Initiative

    The number of people with mental illness in U.S. jails has reached crisis levels. In counties across the nation there are more people with mental illnesses in jails than in psychiatric hospitals.


    Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative

    The Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative aims to stimulate, support, and enhance efforts by judges and psychiatrists to improve responses to people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system.


    Other Impact Areas

    At the APA Foundation, we focus on the nation's most pressing social mental health issues across our society.

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    By providing resources to teachers, we can help connect millions of children affected by mental illness to care.

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    We provide employers with what they need to effectively support the mental health of employees and families.

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    In every program and initiative we back, we connect with people where they learn, work, live and worship.

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