Cherokee County Sheriff –
Last week, Birmingham television station ABC 33/40 produced a story featuring the outstanding work being performed by Sam Griggs, LBSW, a CED Mental Health professional assigned to the Cherokee County Detention Center. The program is part of a national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in county jails across the United States. The effort is part of the Stepping Up Initiative, which also aims to raise awareness of factors that contribute to the over-representation of people with mental illnesses in jails, and to develop practices and strategies to reduce the numbers. It is led by the National Association of Counties, the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.