Communities Weigh In on Improving Mental Illness Treatment In and Out of Incarceration

Both challenges and best practices involving the mentally ill in Los Angeles County’s criminal justice system were in the spotlight at the Mental Health Services Oversight and Advocacy Commission(MHSOAC) hearing and a Subcommittee Public Engagement Meeting this week.

The goal of the MHSOAC project is to explore strategies to divert mentally ill consumers from the criminal justice system and improve outcomes for those who do end up in the system. This week’s meetings focused on Los Angeles County to better understand the issues and challenges facing this community. Approximately 19,000 inmates are in the Los Angeles County jail system and about one-third require some mental health treatment...

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