Memphis needs a social safety net for the mental ill caught in the criminal justice system

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio : Shots – Health News : NPR

To deal with the problem, San Antonio and Bexar County have transformed their mental health system into a program considered a model for the rest of the nation. Today, the jails aren’t full, and the city and county have saved $50 million over the past five years.The effort has focused on an idea called “smart justice” — basically, diverting people with serious mental illness out of jail and into treatment instead.

via Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio : Shots – Health News : NPR.

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