Stepping Up

Stepping Up is a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails and is the result of a collaboration between the National Association of Counties, The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. For more information, visit www.stepuptogether.org.

The Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama is proud to be the lead organization in bringing The Stepping Up Initiative to north central Alabama.

The Stepping Up Initiative is a national effort to divert people with mental illnesses from jails and hospital emergency rooms into mental health treatment. The Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama is proud to be the lead organization in bringing The Stepping Up Initiative to north central Alabama.

Who is Stepping Up for?
The Stepping Up Initiative is targeted for inmates about to be released from Morgan County Jail, for people involved in the local criminal justice system, or people attempting to access mental health services through the emergency department of Decatur Morgan Hospital.

Purpose of Stepping Up
To reduce recidivism at the Morgan County Jail and unnecessary readmission to Decatur Morgan Hospital for Persons with a mental illness or co-occurring mental Illness and  substance use disorders by connecting them with appropriate community services.

To access Stepping Up Services Contact
Kathy Goodwin, MA, CM Stepping Up Coordinator / Case Manager
4110 Highway 31 South – Decatur, AL 35603
(256) 260-1660 – KGoodwin@mhcnca.org

The Stepping Up Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Decatur Morgan Hospital, City of Decatur, Morgan County Commission, Morgan County Probate Office, and numerous other agencies that seek to improve the quality of life for persons dealing with mental health challenges and related conditions.