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Who's responsible for mental health care? Jails, hospitals or community?

Who's responsible for mental health care? Jails, hospitals or community?

They've served their jail time or they've been released from hospital custody. Then what happens to those diagnosed with a mental illness?

Without sufficient community support, many will cycle back into crisis care at a hospital or the criminal justice system, some sooner than others. A 2008 Old Dominion University study cited a recidivism rate of 77 percent within two years. Currently more than 6,300 Virginians diagnosed with a mental illness are held in a jail; of those, almost half have schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. Most receive little or no mental health treatment and several hundred are kept in solitary confinement.

The odds...

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