The Livingston County Board of Supervisors is lending its support to a national initiative aimed at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails.
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The sheriff said none of the people who have used the program in Humboldt Park has ended up back in the criminal justice system.
“Just locking up people is not very fulfilling,” said Skagit County, Washington Chief of Corrections Charlie Wend. “(What’s fulfilling is) those people who come back and say, ‘I am out and have a life and it’s because of what you guys did for me.’”
Idaho incarcerates those with serious mental illnesses at a more than 4 to 1 ratio compared to hospitalization, according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. Nearly 40,000 Idahoans have a serious mental illness as reported by the National Institute on Mental Health in 2015.
The Stepping Up Process to End Recidivism, or SUPER, is a pilot project that focuses on women who are incarcerated in the Forsyth County, North Carolina Detention Center. SUPER will provide screening, discharge and transition planning, and support to women who have mental health or substance use disorders.
“For me, the next question would be data collection to make sure we are taking the right steps and improve on what we see,” said Douglas County, Kansas Commission Chair Mike Gaughan.
Nevada County, California is participating in a national initiative called Stepping Up, aimed at addressing the issue of mental illness in jail.
The Santa Barbara County, California Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a Resolution last month to actively support the work of the Stepping Up Initiative led by the National Association of Counties, Council of State Governments Justice Center, and the American Psychiatric Foundation to make more effective use of strained budgets and safely reduce the number of adults with mental illnesses in jails by connecting them to community based treatment and services when possible.
A summit is underway this week to develop ways to reduce the number of mentally ill people in county jails. Sheriffs, judges, elected officials, and mental health professionals from 53 counties are in Sacramento this week.