Joshua Morrison/News On Friday, in the basement of the Memorial Theater, former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton spoke to local officials, mental health advocates and law enforcement on Friday about Stepping Up, a program that attempts to reduce the number of people incarcerated with mental illnesses. The event was coordinated by the Knox County Probate/Juvenile Court.


MOUNT VERNON — Ohio counties are leaving money on the table and ignoring programs that could reduce recidivism in the courts for the mentally ill.

Retired Ohio Supreme Court Judge Evelyn Lundberg Stratton highlighted resources available to law enforcement that identify assistance for veterans and the mentally ill during a session with local officials Friday.

Stratton said sharing arrests daily with mental health agencies and the Ohio Benefit Bank are simple ways of finding resources. Also, adding a question about military service during the intake process at jails can be the first step to matching veterans with help offered through veteran’s services. Stratton said that veterans who enter the court system tend to respond very well to available programs and services, with recidivism rates of 10 percent or less.

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