Community leaders involved with improving mental health services are invited to a Wednesday morning discussion and planning session to create an action plan for improving collaborations between the mental health sector and the criminal justice system.

The Mental Health-Criminal Justice Collaborative convenes from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex at 1825 W. Willow St. in Scott.

“The goal of this meeting is to catalog the capacity of existing supports and services for individuals with mental health needs and to identify missing supports and service to create comprehensive mental health services both within and outside of the criminal justice system,” according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Attendees will catalog existing mental health supports and services and identify what’s needed to create comprehensive services. The goal of the meeting is aimed at preventing the unnecessary incarceration of individuals with mental illness.

Local, state and federal stakeholders committed to improving the accessibility and connectivity of mental health services are invited.

For more information, contact Holly Howat, executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, at (337) 501-2355, or Julio Naudin, communications coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office, at (337) 280-4629.