Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

There was a time when news of jails serving more people with mental illnesses than in-patient treatment facilities in their county was shocking. Now, it is not surprising to hear that counties across the nation routinely provide services to the estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year, or that prevalence rates of serious mental illnesses in jails are three to six times higher than for the general population.1 Almost three-quarters of these adults have co-occurring substance use disorders.2 Once incarcerated, they tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of recidivism than individuals without these disorders.

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Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

There was a time when news of jails serving more people with mental illnesses than in-patient treatment facilities in their county was shocking. Now, it is not surprising to hear that counties across the nation routinely provide services to the estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses booked into jail each year, or that prevalence rates of serious mental illnesses in jails are three to six times higher than for the general population.1 Almost three-quarters of these adults have co-occurring substance use disorders.2 Once incarcerated, they tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of recidivism than individuals without these disorders.

To read the full original article, click here.

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