Statewide, Georgia hospitals since 2010 have spent roughly $158 million caring for uninsured patients with mental illness.
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“We can change all the forms we want, and we can pass all the new laws we want, but if we don’t change the attitude and culture of the jail system, then we will still have the same problem,” said Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston.
“It seems that there was an issue with the follow-through on the initial assessment,” said Dr. Tony Fabelo, director of research for the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Fabelo led off testimony before the first hearing of the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice into ways to prevent future jail suicides.
The study is NIMH’s largest major investment in suicide prevention in the justice system.
At the prodding of Cook County law enforcement officials, Gipson enrolled in a therapy program in the Cook County jail’s newly launched mental health transition center. For six months, he maintained a steady bipolar treatment regimen, sifted through deep-seated depressive feelings with a psychotherapist, and sharpened his academic skills.
A new report recognizes Salt Lake County for its efforts in criminal justice reform, but researchers found weaknesses in how it handles offenders with behavioral health disorders.
As the Florida Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services.
Salt Lake County just completed a year-long study of people who flow through the criminal justice system–including the county jail. The study found that mentally ill inmates are not consistently getting the treatment they need and are spending too much time in jail waiting for such help. The study also found that the mentally ill are more likely to return to jail.
A study analyzing Salt Lake County’s criminal justice system revealed that a number of people discharged from jail for pretrial supervision or probation aren’t meeting the terms of their release, while those with mental illness are the most likely to end up back behind bars.
“We’ve known for some time that we needed better data on where the gaps are in how we identify, assess, track and treat those folks [i.e., the mentally ill] who wind up in jail as the facility of last resort,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. “This study confirms that we’re on the right path but that there’s more to do.”