Behavioral Health and Correctional Systems Partner to Better Treat Addiction

Stop Locking Up People With Mental Illnesses, by Linda Rosenberg

“According to this Huffington Post article, Sixty-five percent of inmates meet the criteria for a substance abuse disorder (a rate seven times higher than the general population) and more than half have a mental health problem. Many are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses related to their condition, such as public disturbance or possession of substances. Once imprisoned, inmates with mental illness or addiction often become trapped in a revolving door of arrest, release, poverty, deterioration of health, and re-arrest.”

 

“A new demonstration program, the Excellence in Mental Health Act, will provide a much-needed infusion of funding into addiction and mental health care, expanding treatment capacity and alleviating the burden on the nation’s criminal justice system.”