Quorum court looks to support initiative to reduce mental illness in jail

Initiative to reduce mental illness
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County plans to reduce the number of people in jail with mental illness through participating in a national initiative.

The Craighead County Quorum Court will discuss a resolution supporting the "Stepping Up" initiative at their next meeting on Monday.

According to the resolution, it's a program that encourages public, private and nonprofit partners to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jail.

Recently, Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd identified community partners related to the development of a Crisis Unit. That unit will help individuals suffering from mental illness receive appropriate care before becoming part of the criminal justice system.

The resolution states that the county will use comprehensive resources available through "Stepping Up" to better identify adults entering jails with mental illnesses and assess their recidivism risk.

They will also create a process to track progress using data and information systems.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android