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About the Stepping Up Initiative

Forsyth County's response to the national Stepping Up and Call to Action effort to reduce the number of adults with mental and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails and decrease recidivism.

  • The Forsyth County Stepping Up Initiative houses two programs: Stepping Up Process to End Recidivism (SUPER) and the Mental Health Court (MHC).
  • The SUPER program focuses on those who are incarcerated in the Forsyth County Detention Center. SUPER provides screening, transition planning, support, and case management to men and women who have mental health or substance use disorders.
  • The MHC program is a court supervised treatment program for offenders who have been identified as having a mental illness and have agreed to participate in the program. MHC is a pre-plea court and all charges are dismissed once a participant graduates from the program.


STEPPING UP RECOVERY PROGRAM CELEBRATES FIRST MALE GRADUATES

The Stepping Up Process to End Recidivism (SUPER) held a ceremony for its first male graduates on Oct. 1. The yearlong program provides support services to those with mental health and/or substance use issues after release from the Forsyth County Detention Center, or those who are criminal justice involved. Stepping Up served only women in its pilot phase and expanded to include men last year. The ceremony celebrated the first two men to graduate from the male program, who started in January 2020 and have been in recovery and out of jail for at least a year. “Now that you are SUPER men, we expect you to climb to great heights and fly over any obstacles that get in your way,” said Stepping Up Supervisor Amber Humble. “You have earned your capes.”

The Stepping Up Initiative also includes the county’s Mental Health Court, a pre-plea treatment program, which results in the dismissal of charges for successful graduates.

About Us

Forsyth County's response to the national Stepping Up and Call to Action effort to reduce the number of adults with mental and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails and decrease recidivism.

Our Contacts

201 North Chestnut Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

(336) 703-2606
(336) 748-3912 FAX