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New Approach to the Mentally Ill from Douglas County, Kansas Jail
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There has been a shift to “deinstitutionalize” mentally ill persons in the United States. This policy change has led to a dTJC_Douglasramatic drop in the number of those housed in state psychiatric hospitals and a larger number living in the local community. As a result, mentally ill persons are coming into contact with local jails more frequently. In a special report, Mental Health Problems Of Prison And Jail Inmates, from 2006 The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that 479,000 mentally ill adults are incarcerated in local jails. The growing number of mentally ill persons in the criminal justice system is straining the correctional systems.

In January, Corrections Today, detailed the approach Douglas County, Kansas is taking with mentally ill offenders.  Douglas County is already a leader in reentry. It is one of the National Institute of Corrections’ reentry sites for its Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) project. Their approach to mentally ill offenders is designed to meet the needs of the mentally ill while protecting public safety and identifying community resources for out-of-custody services.

 

Read the Corrections Today article: Here

 

Read more about NIC’s  Transition from Jail to Community (TJC) and Mentally Ill Persons in Corrections




Posted Tue, Mar 29 2016 3:00 PM by Elizabeth

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