Through the exploration of best practices, Equitas ensures that law enforcement and the justice system are fully informed, empowered and engaged to proactively address the needs of people with mental disorders and hidden brain challenges in the criminal justice system.
The David & Laura Merage Foundation founded Equitas in December of 2013 to serve as a connection point for innovative solutions that impact system changes for those with mental disorders and brain challenges in the criminal justice system.
Equitas engages leaders in the justice system and mental health specialists to convene as a joint coalition for the promotion of fairness and compassion for individuals with mental disorders. We believe that informed discussions will forge progress toward proactive case management and treatment, decreasing the number of people with mental disorders who are incarcerated.
Equitas’ efforts focus on:
- Education of the public on common misconceptions and challenges within the system for those with mental disorders
- Advocacy on behalf of individuals with mental disorders and brain challenges
- Awareness programs that bring attention to necessary system changes
Providing Community Resources
Equitas’ website houses a Resource Center that contains news articles and research related to mental health in the criminal justice system. The Equitas Resource Center is divided in to pertinent and relevant topics including specific focus areas such as “Diversion Practices,” “Crisis Intervention Training,” and “Problem Solving Courts.”