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DSHS offering support to jails for mentally ill


September 4, 2019

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Behavioral Health Administration’s Office of Forensic Mental Health Services has launched a new jail technical assistance program that provides information and training support to Washington jails when they have someone with mental illness in custody.

Specific areas of these supports include pre and post-booking diversion options, screening and access to treatment, guidelines for administration of involuntary medication, continuity of care, use of segregation, release planning, crisis de-escalation and more.

The new program is partially supported by the Trueblood class action suit Settlement Agreement that will improve access to ment...

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