Swifter Mental-Health Treatment the Goal for New Sangamon County Jail Program

The State Journal Register

By Dean Olsen

Later this year or early next year, people brought to the Sangamon County Jail who show signs of mental illness will receive a swift assessment as part of a program to get them into treatment quicker. The new system, designed to eventually reduce the number of mentally ill people who end up in jail after committing petty crimes related to their illnesses, will be funded with a three-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The Sangamon County Probation and Court Services Department received the grant and has worked the past year with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Memorial Health System to prepare and finalize details, court services director Michael Torchia said.

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