Perhaps most notably, states now must set “maximum time and distance” standards to ensure that there are enough doctors in the right places.
Mental Health Media Clips
On average, the percentage of mentally ill people behind bars is more than three times the percentage of people in the general population with mental illness, a legislative task force was told Thursday.
Amid growing recognition that large numbers of U.S. jail inmates suffer from mental health problems, three major organizations have gathered teams from 50 places in Washington, D.C., to plan a detailed attack on the problem.
The program is designed to enlist law enforcement, health services, homeless shelters and other agencies in looking for signals before someone spirals into violence.
The rules aim to strengthen the existing 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires health insurers to offer the same level of benefits for mental health and substance abuse that they do for physical health.
The County Council approved Tuesday the release of $2.2 million to the sheriff’s office, the criminal-justice-services division and the behavioral health agency to beef up their ranks and expand the community treatment services needed to keep “high-risk, high-need individuals” from living in a revolving door between homeless shelters and the county jail, racking up big bills for taxpayers.
A new study of Riverside County’s jail population finds that many inmates are not locked up for probation violations and reasons other than newly committed crimes and that the mentally ill tend to be booked more often and kept in custody longer.
Improving population health and addressing the needs of complex populations requires strong health information technology tools.
These interviews will help determine which inmates should be housed together and what services they might need. Connecting inmates to those services inside the jail will help them better transition to life outside it, Stobart said.
Vox By German Lopez Kevin Earley of Fairfax County, Virginia, knows too well what it’s like to be on the bad side of a police officer as a person with bipolar disorder — scared you’re about to die. Prior to […]