County Commits to Reducing Mental Illness in Jail

Monterey Herald

By Jim Johnson

Monterey County has signed onto a nationwide effort to addressing the high numbers of mentally ill inmates in the County Jail. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution joining the nationwide Stepping Up Initiative coalition dedicated to the cause, entitled “Stepping Up to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.” The resolution commits the county, led by the County Administrative Office, Sheriff’s Office, and the Probation and Health Departments, to a “call to action” that includes “sharing lessons” learned from other counties in the state and nationally in support of the national initiative, as well as using “comprehensive resources” available through the Stepping Up Initiative.

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