Michigan is taking steps to reduce the number of people with mental illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities and substance use struggles from entering the corrections system while still maintaining public safety, according to a report issued by the state’s Mental Health Diversion Council.
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Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But under Evans’ leadership, Bexar County has built a mental health system considered a model for other cities across the country — one that has saved $50 million over the past five years.
Four months after a federal judge in Sacramento declared that conditions for mentally ill inmates in the state’s prisons were “horrific,” California corrections officials unveiled sweeping new policies that will house them in specially designed units, provide greater time out of their cells and offer vastly increased treatment for the ill prisoners.
Even without a direct source of reimbursement, several health systems, hospitals, and community health centers are working to integrate behavioral health services into primary and specialty care practices, emergency departments, and hospital units in an attempt to improve outcomes and reduce costs. The following profiles provide a snapshot of these efforts.
A rather unusual health clinic has opened in Philadelphia. It’s specifically geared toward ex-offenders and people leaving jail or prison.
Following months of damaging news stories, Florida’s prison chief on Wednesday announced a series of system-wide reforms designed to improve transparency and provide better training in the handling of mentally ill inmates.
Standard Examiner By Cathy Mckitrick A staggering percentage of individuals held in county jails around the United States suffer from mental illness and substance use disorders. This trend is pushing law enforcement and corrections professionals to seek better ways to […]
Identifying and developing new ways to help people deal with mental illness, and expanding mental health programs already proven successful, were hallmarks of Governor Scott Walker’s 2013-2015 biennial budget, and on Friday, August 8th, Governor Walker announced that Wisconsin is making significant strides in those efforts.
California prison officials adopted sweeping new policies intended to protect mentally ill prisoners from abusive force and punishment, including use of pepper spray and deep isolation in solitary confinement cells.
“How do we divert people earlier rather than later from a criminal justice system where things get very expensive?” asked Rob Bovett, legal counsel for the Association of Oregon Counties.