Mental Health Media Clips

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Potter Co. Commissioners Talk Criminal Justice Reform

The Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board has developed a DUI Treatment Court, Drug Treatment Court and a pilot Pre-Trial Diversion Program to help people stay out of jail by offering substance addiction treatment and related services.

Stepping Up Initiative Connects Inmates with Mental Health Services

Cabarrus County Stepping Up coordinator Tasha McLean, who is employed by Daymark Recovery Services and contracted through the county, works directly with inmates as a connector to treatment if needed. When people are arrested and taken into custody, detention officers perform medical screenings, which she reviews. Certain questions are designed to determine if an individual has a mental health or substance abuse issue.

Carson City Looks to Help Incarcerated Women

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong said law enforcement officials are trying to understand how women’s experiences are typically different from men’s experiences, and that changes how they interact in a jail.

Opinion: Law Enforcement and Mental Health Partnership Pays Dividends

Over the years the partnership between the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Tucson law enforcement has become truly reciprocal: NAMI instructors train officers how to interact with mentally ill individuals in crisis, and law enforcement instructors teach participants in NAMI’s “Family to Family” program how to best interact with officers and deputies in the field.

State to Take a Closer Look at Prison Health Care

The state study comes after The Pew Charitable Trusts issued a comprehensive, state-by-state look at prison health care costs last year. Among the 49 states that participated in the study, Vermont came in with the second-highest per-inmate health care cost in fiscal year 2015 at $13,747.

County Jail Grievances Drop, Response and Treatment Rates Rise

“It’s really quite remarkable,” said Suzanne Riordan of Families Act!, which has watchdogged mental-health care at the jail for more than 10 years. “We call…with a complaint, and they’re inside the jail cell almost immediately checking it out. We still have problems. They just get resolved a lot faster now.”