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43 Arrested In East County Sweep Targeting Offenders Released Due To Prison Overcrowding

Great concepts for addressing inmate medical/mental health care.

Two practices the doctor didn't mention which I believe are critical in achieving his goals are 1) initiate true case management in every facility for mentally ill inmates, and 2) the practice of diversion.

Many states employ a diversionary concept where mentally ill persons are diverted to appropriate mental health settings in the community vs going to jail. Jails are terrible mental health providers. For inmates refusing to take psychotropic medication, solitary confinement is not mental health care. Treating the mentally ill is a community responsibility; I don't understand why our Board of Supervisors believe jail is the best prescription for our mentally ill.

March 19, 2014 at 11:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Probation Transfers To SD County Include Mentally Ill

The reason San Diego's psychiatric unit isn't seening the projected numbers of mentallly ill is because they are going to local jails. The jails are starting to run out of bed space. This is occuring much earlier than projected. That is the same throughout the state.

Many mentally ill citizens are incarceated within a few days of being released from state prison.

To measure AB 109's true affect on the mentally ill one must include all avenues mentallly ill travel. Measure the agregate, not parts of the issue.

For some reason San Diego has never done that. We are all part of the same community--San Diego.

Unfortunately jail has become the largest single housing facility of mentally ill in San Diego. Just like the rest of the country.

As Shakespeare said: "To thine own self be true.

January 13, 2012 at 12:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )