- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A Civil Grand Jury report says the San Francisco jail system serves as a “default mental institution” due to the high number of inmates with mental health problems and needs better staffing, training and procedures for communicating and tracking information about inmates.

KTVU reports (https://bit.ly/29HARD0 ) Friday that roughly 35 to 40 percent of inmates receive mental health care and about 15 percent are being treated for a serious mental illness.

Nationally, almost two-thirds of jail inmates have mental health issues.

The report states that the increase of mentally ill and homeless inmates in need of health, psychiatric, and re-entry services further depletes the department’s resources.

The report recommends that Jail Behavioral Health Services to be staffed 24 hours a day, and crisis intervention and suicide prevention training be given to staff that work with inmates.

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Information from: KTVU-TV.


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