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Applications for the Roundtable Advocacy Fellowship Program Are Due September 14th

| September 5, 2018

We are adjusting the timeline for the next Roundtable Advocacy Fellowship to begin this fall. This is a part-time, contracted position for persons with significant lived experience navigating the criminal justice system and reentering the community.

The goals of the Fellowship program are two-fold:

  1. To enhance the capacity of the Roundtable to address the challenges of reentry and reintegration and support social justice in our community, and
  2. To develop the leadership capacity of the fellow by providing opportunities and mentorship to enhance their professional skills such as research, writing, and coordinating, planning, and leading activities.

The Fellow will jointly support the Reentry Advocacy Project (RAP) to engage formerly incarcerated men and women in the community and will serve as consumer advocates on various local and state task forces and initiatives.

Click here for more information about the Fellowship and to apply.

Applications are due September 14th, 2018.


UT Opportunity Forum Presents: Mental Health and Criminal Justice Involvement: A Conversation on Best Practices and Local Policy Reforms

| April 13, 2017


“Criminalizing mental illness is expensive [and] it is ineffective”
Sally Hernandez, Travis County Sheriff

People with mental illness are greatly overrepresented among the millions of individuals cycling through our criminal justice system. Travis County is no exception, with the number of jail inmates with mental illness trending steeply upward over the past ten years. Steps have been taken to address the issue through the Health Justice Learning Collaborative and other efforts, but more is needed.

Join our discussion with key stakeholders, including County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Mindy Montford (Travis County District Attorney’s Office), Sherry Blyth (Austin Travis County Integral Care), Assistant Chief Joe Chacon (Austin Police Department), and Danny Smith (Travis County Sheriff’s Office), to learn what’s happening in our community to strengthen cross-system collaboration, create more robust integrated systems of care in Travis County, and reduce criminal justice involvement for individuals with mental illnesses.

Registration is free to get a seat for this forum go here


The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis
The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement
The Graduate Program in Community & Regional Planning
Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable