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On a typical day, thousands of homeless and mentally ill people are behind bars in Los Angeles County’s jails. But more than half of them would be good candidates to divert into housing with supportive services instead, according a new study from the Department of Health Services.
“We’re under a consent order, we’re not fully funding it…we’re going to have to up our spending in the mental-health arena and actually get facilities in each county, like was promised in the consent decree,” says Doug Collins, who represents Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District.
The new courts have been in the talking stages in McLennan County for years. But now, with the leadership of two judges who will head the courts and with the backing of a slew of community mental health and veterans team members, the new courts have evolved into the reality stage.
One key partner is the Integrated Support and Recovery Services. Christin Skolnik, the interim manager, says, “We’re beginning to see really nice outcomes.” They help participants in a number of areas including therapy, both during and after jail.
With seven times more people with mental health problems in jails or prisons than treatment facilities, police, EMS providers and jails have become the first–and oft-times only–response for people in mental health crises. It can be an expensive and ineffective response.
In February, Lubbock County was named the first “Stepping Up Innovator County” in Texas, because of their initiatives to address mental health in the jail. They were also awarded the Justice in Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant.
A person shot himself in front of Culpeper Police Officer John Slaughter about 15 years ago and it’s something he did not want to relive. Armed with training from the five-county Crisis Intervention Team of Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, the 24-year law enforcement veteran was able to diffuse a potentially explosive situation last year that could have easily turned deadly.
Anderson County has launched a pilot program to address the mental health of detainees in the criminal justice system. It includes a mental health screening and so far, about 30 percent of individuals booked into the county’s detention center have self-reported mental health issues.
Since joining Stepping Up in 2016, Dakota County has made multiple key changes, said Angela Lockhart, the county’s integrated service delivery coordinator. About 15 other Minnesota counties are also part of the program, including Ramsey, Carver, Scott, and Hennepin.