"We are pleased to see the state hospitals get an influx of money to take care of people that would otherwise be languishing in jails," said Denise Brady, director of public policy at the Mental Health Association in Texas.UPDATE: Surely the client decribed by Injustice Anywhere should be at the top of the list for new spending, waiting SIX MONTHS in the county jail after being declared incompetent for a state hospital bed to open up!! One of IA's commenters declares, "In Oregon, we sued the state to force the state hospital to take county jail inmates who were awaiting beds at the hospital so they could be evaluted. We won. The Ninth Circuit opinion is entitled Oregon Advocacy Center v. Mink. P"
"However, if we had better funded community health systems, people wouldn't get into a crisis in the first place," Brady said.
"At some point, we have to see the bigger picture and stop slapping Band-Aids on it."
See prior Grits coverage of this topic:
- Chincy state hospital funding leaves mentally incompetent defendants stranded
- Unfunded mandate: Counties struggle to pay for mentally incompetent inmates' care
- Blog Activism: How it's supposed to work
- Meth use may be boosting criminal commitments to psych hospitals
- More counties grumbling at backlog of incompetent defendants in Texas county jails.