Minnesota County Jails Struggling with Mentally Ill Inmates Left to Languish

At least three county sheriffs have been told by the state Department of Human Services in recent weeks that they would have to hang on to their mentally ill committed inmates because the state had inadequate or unavailable treatment beds — a violation of a law that requires such inmates to get treatment within 48 hours of a judge-issued order.

Now Hennepin County and the state sheriffs’ association are considering legal options to force state officials to explain in court why they can’t find beds for often violent inmates who could pose a risk to themselves or others without proper treatment and medical supervision.

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Minnesota County Jails Struggling with Mentally Ill Inmates Left to Languish

At least three county sheriffs have been told by the state Department of Human Services in recent weeks that they would have to hang on to their mentally ill committed inmates because the state had inadequate or unavailable treatment beds — a violation of a law that requires such inmates to get treatment within 48 hours of a judge-issued order.

Now Hennepin County and the state sheriffs’ association are considering legal options to force state officials to explain in court why they can’t find beds for often violent inmates who could pose a risk to themselves or others without proper treatment and medical supervision.

To read the full original article, click here.

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