HURST, TX – The Mayors’ Council, in cooperation with Tarrant County Commissioners Court, Sheriff, and Criminal District Attorney, will host its second annual Mental Health and Law Enforcement Summit on Wednesday, August 30th from 7:30 am until noon at the Hurst Convention Center. Speakers will include Mayor Jim Griffin from the City of Bedford, County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson, Sheriff Bill Waybourn, County Judge Glen Whitley, and Mr. Leon Evans, nationally recognized expert on Stepping Up, an initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill individuals in county jails.
Approximately 200 elected officials, police chiefs, community leaders, and experts in mental health and criminal justice will be in attendance to discuss options to reduce the number of individuals with mental illness in Tarrant County Jail and JPS Health system. At the end of the Summit, a County-wide Stakeholder Committee will be announced to begin a coordinated effort to address care for mentally ill patients outside of the criminal justice system. Mayor Griffin stated, “While the goal is to work on solutions to appropriately place citizens with mental illness in proper facilities, alleviate pressure on local police forces, and continue to serve the growing number of individuals with mental illness coming into contact with our officers daily, we must also recognize this problem affects all aspects of our community.”
The Mayors’ Council of Tarrant County was established in 1975 and is comprised of the mayors of 41 cities of Tarrant County as well as the County Judge. This Council provides a policy forum for elected officials and senior staff to address a variety of issues crossing city boundaries, such as state and federal legislation, transportation, emergency preparedness, and housing.
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