Jim Lynn is overwhelmed with guilt for the phone call he made in April. Out of options and again facing his screaming, schizophrenic son, Lynn had hoped his 911 call to the sheriff’s office finally would lead to treatment. Instead, his 35-year-old son was taken to jail and ruled incompetent to participate in court proceedings. Now, months later, he remains behind bars without the treatment the state says he needs and without a clear idea of when he might get it.
Lynn’s son is one of an estimated 100 inmates — none yet convicted of the charges — who have been forced to wait as long as 140 days for court-ordered mental health evaluation and treatment, according to attorneys handling a lawsuit against the state.
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