Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 06:00 pm

The Bob Graham Center will host a public talk by Judge Steven Leifman and Leon Evans on Tues., March 14 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora.  They will discuss 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 Judge 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.

Mr. 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 is free and open to the public. It will be streamed live at www.bobgrahamcenter.ufl.edu.

The event is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.