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Lafayette Community Stakeholder to Discuss Mental Health and Criminal Justi

Monday, December 7, 2015

Press Release
For Release on: December 7, 2015
Contact: Holly Howat (337) 501-2355 or Julio Naudin (337) 280-4629 
Lafayette Parish Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee is hosting a Mental Health-Criminal Justice Collaborative, a discussion and planning session to improve mental health and criminal justice collaboration to prevent unnecessary incarceration of individuals with mental illness.
            Mental Health-Criminal Justice Collaborative
            Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
            8:30am to 11:30am
            Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex
            1825 W. Willow Street, Scott LA
The goal of this meeting is to catalog the capacity of existing supports and services for individuals with mental health needs and to identify missing supports and service to create comprehensive mental health services both within and outside of the criminal justice system. The collaborative meeting will close with a written action plan with specific actions for all stakeholders.  Invited to this meeting are local, state and federal stakeholders committed to improving our community through accessible, comprehensive and connected supports and services for individuals with mental illness entangled in the criminal justice system.
The principal mission of the Lafayette Parish CJCC is to study the Lafayette Parish juvenile and adult criminal justice system, gather data, identify deficiencies, and propose formulated and coordinated plans for change when opportunities present themselves. The committee strives to ensure the efficient and effective management of the Lafayette Parish Criminal Justice System by proactively and collaboratively engaging in information gathering and cyclical planning that embraces evidence-based assessment and evaluation of policies, programs and practices.  The goal of which is to make a coordinated planning effort in making policy recommendations on vital criminal justice system issues that positively affect our community’s safety.




Julio Naudin
Communication Coordinator