Law enforcement officers around the U.S. spend nearly a quarter of their time shuttling individuals suffering a mental health crisis to treatment centers—which not only diverts them from public safety responsibilities, but further criminalizes mental illness, a new survey concludes.
The president’s hardline stance on the Affordable Care Act threatens to reduce access to the medical and mental health care needed by older individuals after they leave prison. That would undercut the promise of the recently signed First Step Act.
The state’s health care contractor, Corizon Health, has fallen well short of the contract’s requirements for staffing key mental health positions at several mostly rural facilities , according to documents obtained by The Kansas City Star.
Correctional facilities around the country try to offset the costs of inmate health care by charging minimum co-payments. But the results are not always exactly what they bargained for, writes an inmate in a Texas facility.
Oregon officials have been under a court order since 2003 to move mentally ill pretrial defendants from jail to hospitals within seven days. An analysis by The Oregonian newspaper shows that doesn’t happen 29 percent of the time, thanks to shortages of hospital beds and law enforcement resources.
Butler County, Pa., jail authorities have set aside special cells, some of them padded, for inmates whose behavior renders them unfit for the general population. But they concede this doesn’t address the real needs of individuals who find scant help in the outside world.
Over the past six years, Oregon has sent at least 1,486 people with mental illness accused of misdemeanors to spend months at the state hospital to ready them for court in a “deeply broken” system that is deemed “wasteful and unjust.”