Town Hall Meeting to tackle Mental Illness and the Justice System

Mar 30, 2016 10:21 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

A newly formed non-profit called "Crisis Care Triage & Advocacy" is coordinating a Town Hall Meeting in Chico designed to start an ongoing community discussion about Bridging Gaps between the mentally Ill and the Justice System.

Lisa Currier is the driving force behind it. She told Action News Now that her passion comes from having a mentally ill son, who spent 14 months in isolation under suicide watch in the Butte County Jail. He was provided no underwear, no commissary privileges and no letter delivery. Only two 45 minute family visits twice a week.

Currier has organized a Town Hall meeting featuring a panel discussion by experts who include Butte County Jail Commander Andy Duch, CSUC Professor Sally Anderson who is an Inmate Advocate with the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) , Beth Jones who is the California State Advocate to Butte County Behavioral Health and the Butte County Jail, Collen Phipps with the Butte County chapter of NAMI (National Association for the Mentally Ill), Chico City Councilwoman Tami Ritter and Social Worker/Crisis Triage expert Valerie Sanz.

The forum will take place Wednesday, April 6th starting at 6 p.m. at the First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington Street in Chico.

Admission is free and there will be time for input, and questions.

Currier says the goal is to start the discussion through a series of events to help better deal with mentally ill residents who are in crisis ... when it comes to issues like housing, medication and crime.

Currier says 34 percent of inmates who are incarcerated in the U.S. suffer from mental illness.

For more information about the event or the Crisis Care Triage & Advocacy Charitable Organization, visit or . You can also call (510) 396-5109 or email


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