Advocacy Opportunity: County’s Alternatives to Incarceration Workgroup invites public input and a role in Ad Hoc Sub-Committees
Brittney Weissman, Executive Director of NAMI LA County Council Appointed Voting Member of County’s Alternatives to Incarceration Workgroup
If you are interested and available, please attend. We need as loud a NAMI voice as possible on this issue, in the workgroup, and ad hoc committees.*
Supervisor Janice Hahn has appointed NAMI Los Angeles County Council’s Executive Director Brittney Weissman as a voting member of the newly formed countywide Alternatives to Incarceration Workgroup. The mission of this group is to provide the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a Roadmap, with an action-oriented framework and implementation plan, to scale alternatives to incarceration and diversion so care and services are provided first and jail is a last resort.
The workgroup is comprised of 27 voting members who, along with the public, can join the following Ad Hoc Committees: Community-Based System of Care, Data & Research, Funding, and Justice System Reform. These meetings are operated under the Brown Act and the public is welcome to attend and make comment at certain points in the agenda.
The workgroup’s initial goal is to obtain feedback from the community through a website portal, and then to work with community leaders and county regional partners to have 5-8 community feedback sessions across Los Angeles County.
The next ATI Work Group Meeting will be on Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 pm at The California Endowment (1000 N. Alameda St. LA, CA 90012, Mammoth Room), with future meetings at the same location on May 2nd and May 23rd. The group will meet monthly starting in June, with dates to be determined. For meetings notices go to: https://ceo.lacounty.gov/agendas/ (look for Alternatives to Incarceration).
For additional details including the community representatives and other voting members, timelines, and organizational chart, plus mores, please see: ATI Work Group Meeting PowerPoint 3-28-19.pdf
*Diverse voices will be having their say as well. Although they may align with us on many of the things NAMI supports, they may have little understanding of this issue as it relates to mental illnesses. Here is one example of this thinking which makes it imperative that NAMI speak with a strong united voice: Alternatives to Incarceration: An Opening for New Thinking in L.A. Justice Policy