March 16, 2017

The Bob Graham Center hosted a public talk by Judge Steven Leifman and Leon Evans on Tuesday, March 14, at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora.  They discussed cutting-edge community programs developed as part of the national “stepping up” initiative aimed at reducing incarceration rates among those with mental illness.

The Honorable Steve Leifman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida is the recipient of the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. He received the award for his groundbreaking work helping people with mental illnesses.

Leon Evans, the chief executive officer of the Center for Health Care Services in Bexar County, Texas, developed an award-winning jail diversion program and has become a national leader in improving mental health care through multi-stakeholder collaboration.

The event was co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.