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Perspective: Mental Illness Crisis in Jails Demands New Approach

Center for Health Journalism Fellowships Blog By Fred Osher Dorothea Dix was a trailblazer who railed against the inhumane treatment of people with mental illnesses. Shocked by the sight of people with illnesses shackled in jails, she advocated for compassion, […]

New Jail Hopes to Expand Mental Health Resources

“Just locking up people is not very fulfilling,” said Skagit County, Washington Chief of Corrections Charlie Wend. “(What’s fulfilling is) those people who come back and say, ‘I am out and have a life and it’s because of what you guys did for me.’”

County Continues Steps to Address Mental Health

Idaho incarcerates those with serious mental illnesses at a more than 4 to 1 ratio compared to hospitalization, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. Nearly 40,000 Idahoans have a serious mental illness as reported by the National Institute on Mental Health in 2015.

Santa Barbara County Working to Keep Mentally Ill out of Jail

The Santa Barbara County, California Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a Resolution last month to actively support the work of the Stepping Up Initiative led by the National Association of Counties, Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Foundation to make more effective use of strained budgets and safely reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses in jails by connecting them to community based treatment and services when possible.

Keeping the Mentally Ill out of Jail

A summit is underway this week to develop ways to reduce the number of mentally ill people in county jails. Sheriffs, judges, elected officials, and mental health professionals from 53 counties are in Sacramento this week.