Searching for New Ways to Keep Hawaii’s Mentally Ill out of Jails and ERs

Honolulu Civil Beat

By Eleni Gill

At Hawaii’s first summit meeting on community mental health responses, Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald had a request for officials from state agencies. “Imagine individuals receiving more appropriate treatment in a more timely manner,” he said. “Imagine a safer community.” Judges, law enforcement officials and health agency representatives filled a room on Wednesday at the Hawaii State Supreme Court for the inaugural Hawaii Summit on Improving the Governmental Response to Community Mental Illness. Their discussion focused on how Hawaii government agencies can guide people with mental illness to proper health care services before they repeatedly cycle through jails, hospitals and courts.

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