AOC elects a new president every year at the Annual Conference in November. Each president develops an initiative to work on throughout the year.
President Bill Hall, Commissioner, Lincoln County, has made Stepping Up
his initiative for 2017. Stepping Up is a national effort to reduce the number of people in the criminal justice system due to mental illness.
As a result, the 2017 C3 Summit (May) will be focused on initiatives, policies, and efforts around building stronger collaboration between the public safety and behavioral health systems, encompassing everything from treatment capacity, diversion and transition programs to supportive housing. Through the Stepping Up initiative President Hall is striving to build on the message that counties are the key to addressing this problem in a way that improves public safety, reduces costs and helps put people on the path to recover.