Wood County ‘steps up’ to keep people with mental illness out of jails - Sentinel-Tribune: News

Wood County ‘steps up’ to keep people with mental illness out of jails

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 11:21 pm

Each year there are an estimated 2 million people with serious mental illnesses admitted to U.S. jails, with almost three-quarters having co-occurring substance use disorders.

The toll incarceration takes on these individuals and their families, as well as the costs assumed by taxpayers, is staggering. Jails have become de facto in-patient psychiatric facilities across the nation with little impact on public safety. Ohio is no exception, with as many as 30 percent or more of the individuals in jail having mental illnesses.

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