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Champaign county participates in national Stepping Up Day of Action

Champaign County participates in national Stepping Up Day of Action. (WCCU file photo)

Champaign County is participating in the national Stepping Up Day of Action Wednesday, May 16.

The initiative aims to highlight the county's progress in reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in the county jail and improving outcomes for its most vulnerable residents.

The county's efforts began when both the Campaign County Board and the Mental Health Board passed a resolution to join Stepping Up.

"Champaign County is proud of the progress we have been making toward implementing innovative solutions to the number of people with mental illnesses in our jail," said Champaign County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Allen Jones. "The partnership between the sheriff, the Champaign County Mental Health Board and Rosecrance - the county's primary behavioral health provider - has been vital."

Stepping Up is a national initiative that aims to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails and is led by the National Association of Counties, the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and The Council of State Governments Justice Center.

More information on Stepping Up is available at www.StepUpTogether.org.

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