The Stepping Up Initiative is a national initiative to reduce the number of persons with mental illness in jails. Forsyth County adopted the initiative’s resolution in April 2015. The Stepping Up Process to End Recidivism or SUPER is the first action created from the resolution.
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 goals of SUPER are to link participants to all identified resources, successfully graduate participants one year post-release, and reduce the likelihood of participants returning to the criminal justice system.
Stepping Up Process to End Recidivism - SUPER Eligibility Criteria
- Eighteen (18) years old. All persons aged 16 or 17 years old will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Must be a Forsyth County resident.
- Must have a mental health and/or substance use disorder.
- Preference is for those currently detained in Forsyth County Detention Center.
- Preference given to misdemeanor and nonviolent charges. All other charges will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Program is voluntary unless it is a condition of a court-ordered jail diversion, or referred by probation.
- Cannot be consider for the progrm if on Sex offender registry.
- Formally ACCEPTED once attend first behavioral health appointment after release.
Brief description of Program Requirements
- Complete and sign transition plan.
- MUST attend mental health and/or substance use treatment and follow requirements of all treatment.
- Check-in weekly with SUPER staff.
- Attend monthly SUPER support groups.
- Be actively working on meeting and completing transition plan target dates.
- Remain free of any new charges.
- Refrain from use of illegal or problem substances.
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.