Fixing the Incentives that Force Sheriffs to be Mental Health Providers: A Long Overdue Opportunity

Fixing the Incentives that Force Sheriffs to be Mental Health Providers: A Long Overdue Opportunity
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-12-04
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Fixing the Incentives
Unit 2 Recording: Fixing the Incentives that Force Sheriffs to be Mental Health Providers

A recent study by the Treatment Advocacy Center and the National Sheriffs Association found that law enforcement spent a fifth of their time transporting or responding to people with mental illness, at a cost of nearly $1 billion a year. How did we get here? How did the system get so broken?

But even more importantly, how can sheriffs help change the incentives forcing law enforcement to become treatment providers and filling our jails with people with mental illness? Hint: It’s not just a matter of more training!

Join John Snook, executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center, to:

  • find out how sheriffs can take advantage of this unique moment of public attention
  • hear about new federal and state initiatives to rebuild restore inpatient beds and crisis response centers to truly decriminalize mental illness
  • find out how you can help shift the narrative from “why aren’t the sheriffs doing even more?” to “why is the system failing our sheriffs and people in need?”




The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.




** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs' Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.
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