“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 Purpose of Stepping Up Initiative of Jefferson County, Alabama

To reduce the number of people with mental illness booked into Jefferson County Jail, shorten their length of stay in jail, increase connectivity to treatment, and reduce recidivism to jail. Stepping Up’s Purpose is to assist with linking those individuals to treatment and resources using a community approach and in hopes of breaking the cycle of repeat incarceration of those mentally ill individuals.   

Who is Stepping Up For?

The Stepping Up Initiative of Jefferson County, Alabama is targeted for people booked into jail who are not a threat to the community but have frequent contact with law enforcement and the local emergency department (UAB). 

To make a referral, or to learn more Contact:

Paula Tuck, MSW

Stepping Up, Coordinator

(Office) 205-930-1207

Voicemail: (205) 595-4555

ptuck@jbsmha.com

Sivi Woolridge, M.S

Stepping Up, Case Manager

(Office) 205-325-5168

(Cell) 205-639-2484

Voicemail: (205) 595-4555

swoolridge@jbsmha.com