Among the more than 540 counties that have joined the Stepping Up initiative, Innovator counties lead the nation in successfully collecting and applying data to inform decision-making. This brief covers how Innovators are bringing about meaningful change in the movement to reduce the number of people with behavioral health needs in local jails.
Correctional Facilities, Mental Health, Co-Occurring Substance Use
Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health
Risë Haneberg serves as Deputy Division Director, Behavioral Health Division, for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In this role Risë leads the Stepping Up Initiative, the national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in the justice system with partners National Association of Counties (NACo) and the American Psychiatric Foundation (APAF). Additionally, Risë provides oversight to county systems improvement projects and technical assistance to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grantee sites. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Risë served as the criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County, Kansas, from 2008 to 2014. Risë previously served as the chief court service officer in Johnson County and began her career in criminal justice as a juvenile probation officer in 1979. Risë holds a BS in criminal justice from Wichita State University and an MA in public administration from the University of Kansas.
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