Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Report: Virginia's jails not providing appropriate mental health treatment

Report: Virginia's jails not providing appropriate mental health treatment"... the Office of the State Inspector General has issued a series of recommendations for changes in the way Virginia treats the mentally ill who are incarcerated — from coordinating care better with community services boards to incentivizing the building of specialized mental health wings. To that end, state Sen. Ryan T. McDougle, R-Mechanicsville, has introduced a bill, SB301, providing "that the Commonwealth will reimburse 50 percent of the cost of constructing, enlarging, or renovating a jail or regional jail to provide mental health beds and 100 percent of the cost of treating personnel." Currently those costs, once borne largely by the state and its hospital system, are borne primarily by localities."
Read the entire article here:  Report: Virginia's jails not providing appropriate mental health treatment

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