Alabama Senator Cam Ward, an Alabaster Republican, said Tuesday that counties currently pay for detainees’ psychiatric health care. He has introduced a bill that would shift 70 percent of those costs to the federal government under Medicaid.
With the closing of wards in Washington state mental hospitals, incarceration has greatly replaced the deficit in hospitalization space. Jails across the country have seen a rise in their mental health population, including in our county jails.
Drugs can become “chemical comforts” to deal with loneliness, trauma, isolation or alienation. It’s not just about hedonism.
Lawmakers proposed this week to overhaul Minnesota’s use of solitary confinement in prisons, including prohibiting the controversial punishment for nonviolent inmates, mandating more legislative oversight and banning it outright for those with severe mental illnesses.
Lawyers representing Alabama prison officials today questioned the findings of the chief psychiatrist of the Ohio prison system, who concluded that mental health care in Alabama prisons is inadequate.
Potter County was awarded a 2016 County Best Practices Award on Monday in recognition for a Mental Health Docket the county started to address mental illness in inmates, helping to keep them out of jail.
Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe has said repeatedly that mental health is the biggest issue facing jails, especially in rural counties.
More than a quarter of Ontario’s prison population has been flagged for a possible mental health issue, according to new numbers provided to VICE News in the days after an inmate diagnosed with schizophrenia hanged himself.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several inmates who said they lacked access to doctors and psychologists and witnessed alleged correctional officer violence.
People with a history of incarceration are typically much sicker than the general population. Studies done primarily in Ohio and Texas have found that more than 8 in 10 returning prisoners have a chronic medical condition, from addiction to asthma.
A new book teaches the alarming lesson that all attempts at reforming solitary confinement have merely enabled the practice to continue.
This new approach—if it were to become widespread—could profoundly impact the criminal-justice system, where addicts often end up.
The mother of a 16-year-old transgender boy who killed himself at a Maine juvenile detention facility is calling for more mental health resources for young people behind bars.
Secrecy, mistrust and the shadow of interrogation at the American prison limited doctors ability to treat mental illness among detainees.
Pink butterfly stickers were pasted all over light blue walls inside Katleen’s cell. The 28-year-old of Romany Gypsy origin peered through the hatch of her door as she told me about her experience of mental health provision in prison.
One young woman, who is delusional, frequently ends up in Cook County Jail for trespassing. Another man often is arrested when he becomes agitated at home, throwing and breaking things.
Revolving in and out of prisons and jails is no way to recover from a devastating disease like schizophrenia—but that is the challenge facing too many people with serious mental illnesses.
Nebraska’s prison system is struggling to deliver mental health services to inmates who need it because of persistent staffing shortages, corrections officials said Wednesday.
Disability Rights Texas is gathering documents in connection to the suicide of prisoner Marcus Johnson, who hanged himself in a jail cell after police refused to allow him to take his antipsychotic medication in March.
The Durham County Sheriff’s Office announced that the Durham County Detention Facility will be improving mental health services.