February 23, 2020. WBIR.
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — For more than a decade, Leon Evans has worked to divert people with mental illness from jail in Texas.
He said he’s proven that treatment works in San Antonio.
“The Texas prison system is actually working on shutting down their third prison,” Evans told 10News. “The prison system actually pays for mental health treatment and substance abuse treatment.”
Now, he’s bringing his expertise to Knox County, Tennessee.
Justice Knox, which is an interfaith collaboration tackling criminal justice issues, hosted Evans for a series of meetings on Thursday.
April 9, 2019. St. Pete Catalyst.
Residents of Pinellas County may soon have a single place to go when facing a mental health crisis, thanks to commitments secured by Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) Monday night at Tropicana Field.
is a grassroots coalition of more than 40 religious congregations
throughout Pinellas County. The organization gathered 2,500 people at
Tropicana Field to ask public officials to commit to proposed solutions
for systemic problems facing the county.
April 8, 2019. WTSP.COM
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Thousands of people are planning to hold a rally because they’re upset about the lack of spending on affordable housing in St. Petersburg.
Around 3,000 people are expected to gather around 7 p.m. Monday at Tropicana Field.
group, Faith and Action for Strength Together (F.A.S.T.), is upset
Mayor Rick Kriseman doesn’t plan on spending $15 million for affordable
housing until 2023, according to a news release from Ephiphany Summers.
They hope to put pressure on Kriseman to begin spending on affordable
housing using Penny for Pinellas funds as soon as next year. The group
hopes city leaders find another way to pay for and make affordable
housing a priority.
April 1, 2019. The Sun Sentinel.
They work behind the scenes trying to fix what’s wrong in the community.
They are BOLD Justice,
or Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice, an interfaith organization
comprised of 23 congregations throughout Broward County.
The group is hosting a free event April 8 expected to draw more than 1,200 people, including Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony.
March 27, 2019. 89.3 WFPL.
Centerstone’s The Living Room program helps people with mental health and substance abuse issues avoid jail. But looming city budget cuts could threaten the program’s future less than two years after it opened.
Mayor Greg Fischer’s office has projected a $65 million budget shortfall by 2023 due largely to rising employee pension costs. In order to fill the gap, Fischer proposed tripling the insurance premium tax. A council committee approved a compromise measure — gradually doubling the insurance premium tax from 5 percent to 10 percent on lines other than auto and health, and $15 million in city budget cuts. But Metro Council voted down the plan and now they will move forward to cut $35 million from the upcoming year’s budget that begins July 1.