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.
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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.
The Illinois prison system will add four mental-health treatment units and 350 clinical-staff employees to improve circumstances for inmates who are mentally ill, according to a plan made in response to a federal lawsuit.
The New Hampshire Department of Corrections has set up a treatment center at the state prison in Berlin for inmates with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., today announced $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support 210 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to establish or expand behavioral health services for nearly 440,000 people nationwide.
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.
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.