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FRIDAY, FEB 15, 2019

Sheriffs Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in the Community and in the Jails

This report - developed by the Major County Sheriffs of America in partnership with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care - identifies innovative practices that have proven successful in reducing the arrest and incarceration of individuals living with mental illness in jurisdictions across the country. The report includes case studies of seven jurisdictions and resources developed by law enforcement executives and experts in the field.The programs have shown promise in several areas: diverting those who live with mental illness away from the criminal justice system; supporting individuals in the court system; identifying and treating those who have been incarcerated; and helping individuals successfully reenter their communities after discharge.