Nat'l Groups "Stepping Up" To Get People with Mental Illness out of Jails
One of the things that is most interesting about the South Carolina Spartanburg County effort to get people with mental illness and substance use disorders out of jails is who is supporting it:
AND this is all in line with the National Stepping Up Initiative to get people with mental illness out of jails. Now for Counties, there has been a lot of cost-shifting from the State to the counties for the care and treatment of people with serious mental illness.
AND quite frankly as mental health advocates if this was all in the interests of the individual -- we wouldn't care.
People -- we're talking about going from institutionalization in mental hospitals to in some cases homelessness and incarceration -- we care -- we care BIG TIME!
Under traditional Americans with Disabilities and Olmstead analysis, we look to the "STATE" to provide the necessary services to prevent unnecessary institutionalization or great risk of institutionalization inherent in homelessness.
It is LONG, LONG PAST TIME FOR COLORADO TO STEP WAY, WAY UP FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN COLORADO JAILS.
[In the YouTube video above, several notable public officials speaking on the importance of getting people with mental illness out of our jails, including Al Franken, Patrick Kennedy, and El Paso, CO Commissioner Sallie Clark, First Vice President of the Association of Counties]
Spartanburg County, South Carolina
Spartanburg County Councilman Michael Brown said Thursday he plans to introduce a resolution to County Council that seeks to reduce the number of those with mental illness in jails.