Mental Health

In recent decades NY State has downsized or eliminated the Psychiatric Hospitals forcing county jails to house mentally unstable inmates with a wide variety of mental illnesses. Schizophrenic and personality disorder inmates don’t respond well to traditional treatment regiments and require intense case management. Bi-polar inmates often range from manic behavior to deep depression with suicidal thoughts and tendencies. Many of these mental illness require a more clinical setting then the jail has to offer. Corrections Officers have a basic understanding, knowledge, and training on how to manage inmates with these disorders but the jails lack a true treatment plan and often release inmates into the community who need further guidance and care.