Professionals working with the Treasure Valley’s mentally ill have plenty of ideas for how to better serve the growing number of under-treated people needing care. But most of those ideas require Idaho to increase spending on its strained mental health care system.
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Fulton is in the Skill Building Unit, a small prison program in Washington state that has been attempting to better address the needs of this special population for the past year.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will expand its efforts to help schools better identify and respond to mental health issues among youth through a $1.9 million federal grant program.
ZANESVILLE – Even for people who don’t have a mental illness or know anyone who does, the mental health crisis training that area law enforcement officers are going through is still important.
A new study focusing on women in the McLean County jail shows most female inmates arrive with mental health issues and a history of abuse that derails their lives and disrupts their connection to their children.
Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Crews announced today a number of measures aimed at ensuring the appropriate care and custody for Florida inmates with mental health conditions and protecting public safety.
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.
TOPEKA — The community mental health center here on Thursday will formally open a 26-bed crisis intervention center that’s expected to lead to fewer mentally ill adults being referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or ending up in jail.
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.