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Supervisors Approve Initiative to Help Mental Health Care in Jails

Posted: Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 6:27 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

The Stepping Up Initiative aims to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails across the country, and Tuesday the Washington County Board of Supervisors formally supported it.

According to the initiative, an estimated two million people with serious mental illnesses are admitted to jails across the nation each year. Supervisor Jack Seward spoke in favor of the resolution, “To pass the resolution and to say that we support that doesn’t cost anything. It doesn’t commit us to spending any money to say that mental health issues in the jails are an important thing and we’re going to do what we can.”

Local jail transition coordinator Elley Gould works to help those arrested and put in jail get connected with area services to help moving forward, “So it’s not at this point them going some place other than jail, but I’m able to connect them once they are in jail to then help them live a happier, healthier, and safer life.”

The resolution was approved unanimously by the supervisors.