Lubbock Sheriff's Office explores mentally ill treatment options - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/10/09

Lubbock Sheriff's Office explores mentally ill treatment options

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As Lubbock County continues to build its new detention center, leaders learn more about moving mentally ill inmates to treatment facilities.

Counties across the country have seen a high number of mentally ill people processed through the criminal justice system, instead of receiving proper health services. Recently, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office took part in a forum to explore effective ways to divert mentally ill inmates to treatment facilities.

Supporters say these programs are more humane and cost efficient ways to address the problem.

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