By Shayndel Jones, WIBW

Topeka JUMP will host its annual gathering to promote justice in Shawnee County.

According to Topeka JUMP, they will host their annual Nehemiah Action Assembly at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at Washburn University Lee Arena, 1901 SW Mulvane St. in Topeka, Kan.

Topeka JUMP said last year, nearly 1,000 people filled Washburn’s Lee Arena to address mental health treatment for those who need involuntary care, as well as affordable housing for families making $40,000 per year or less.

Topeka JUMP indicated at that assembly, JUMP received a public commitment from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) to fund an expansion of mental health crisis services at Valeo Behavioral Health at whatever level Valeo applied for up to $3 million.

his spring, Topeka JUMP expects to have more than 1,000 people in attendance on Monday, May 6. The meeting is expected to be the largest non-partisan civic gathering in Shawnee County this year. The agenda will focus on areas of Mental Health Crisis, Violence Reduction and Homelessness. You can add your voice by showing up on May 6.

The confirmed speakers include:

  • Bill Persinger, CEO of Valeo Behavioral Health
  • Drew Adkins, Commissioner of Behavioral Health for the KDADS
  • Courtland Davis & Danielle Twemlow, CIVIC (Community Inspired Violence Intervention Coalition)
  • Brian Cole, Director of Shawnee County Department of Corrections
  • Kourtney Barr, Topeka Rescue Mission
  • Kevin Cook, Shawnee County Commissioner, District 2

Topeka JUMP pursues systemic change in Shawnee County, Kansas through local policy and funding changes. Their mission is to provide a powerful vehicle for marginalized groups in Shawnee County to address poverty and injustice.

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