About half of states admit to holding mentally ill patients in emergency rooms until beds become available in mental health facilities — a practice Washington state ruled unconstitutional.
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Criminal justice systems from Seattle to Miami with aggressive jail-diversion efforts have cut inmate headcounts — and lowered recidivism rates. L.A. County has taken tentative steps to join them. The board of supervisors in July endorsed the concept of broadbased diversion, and last week pledged $756,000 for a pilot program.
About half of Bangor’s law enforcement staff has been through the Crisis Intervention Training, CIT, to understand how to deal with calls involving mental illnesses. The 40-hour workshop is designed to improve the way officers engage in conversation with a person who is highly emotional.
Alaska House and Senate Judiciary Committee members met Monday in Anchorage to discuss “criminal justice reinvestment,” or whether progress is being made toward the lofty goals set in a crime omnibus bill passed during the legislative session.
Los Angeles officials announced Wednesday the launch of an alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment, a project they hope will signal a dramatic shift for the county’s criminal justice system.
Michigan is taking steps to reduce the number of people with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities and substance use struggles from entering the corrections system while still maintaining public safety, according to a report issued by the state’s Mental Health Diversion Council.
Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But under Evans’ leadership, Bexar County has built a mental health system considered a model for other cities across the country — one that has saved $50 million over the past five years.
Four months after a federal judge in Sacramento declared that conditions for mentally ill inmates in the state’s prisons were “horrific,” California corrections officials unveiled sweeping new policies that will house them in specially designed units, provide greater time out of their cells and offer vastly increased treatment for the ill prisoners.
Even without a direct source of reimbursement, several health systems, hospitals, and community health centers are working to integrate behavioral health services into primary and specialty care practices, emergency departments, and hospital units in an attempt to improve outcomes and reduce costs. The following profiles provide a snapshot of these efforts.
A rather unusual health clinic has opened in Philadelphia. It’s specifically geared toward ex-offenders and people leaving jail or prison.