The effort, dubbed “Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails,” follows the rise in the number of people with mental disorders booked into local jails, now estimated to top two million annually.
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North Dakota lawmakers outlined legislative proposals Wednesday to begin filling serious gaps in the state’s mental health services that are especially dire in the west.
In an effort to reduce the growing number of inmates with mental health and substance abuse problems in New York City’s jails, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans on Monday to significantly expand public health services at almost every step of the criminal justice process.
Jails and prisons have become the largest mental health treatment centers in the nation as treatment centers have been closed and services have degraded, a panel of state legislators was told Tuesday.
The 4th Judicial District is planning to launch a court for nonviolent offenders with mental illnesses. In September, Pottawattamie County was awarded a $250,000 federal grant to start the project.
This month, mental health and correctional professionals from all over the nation gathered in Chicago to address a problem that many are not aware of. People denied mental health services who end up homeless or incarcerated as criminals. The conference, called “The Cost of Doing Nothing,” sponsored by the Kennedy Forum was held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton.
purred by a lawsuit aimed at the high number of inmates with mental illness being kept in solitary confinement, the Department of Correction has since taken a systemwide look at all mentally ill inmates and how it can better help them through appropriate medical care to helping department employees spot signs of mental illness and how to respond.
An audit has found officials could do a better job of following up with seriously mentally ill inmates leaving New York City jails.
At the urging of Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey and others lobbying to keep mentally ill people from being locked up in county jails, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Wednesday to fund several programs for people undergoing psychiatric crises.
It’s been 10 years since the new mental health system took over in Nebraska. This has meant big changes at both state and local levels for treating residents with behavioral health issues.