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Keeping Mental Health Crises Out of the Criminal Justice System
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Keeping Mental Health Crises Out of the Criminal Justice System

AUSTIN, Texas – Across the nation and within Travis County, a disproportionate number of people living with mental health and substance use disorders end up in jail instead of getting the mental health treatment and support they need. Mental health experts at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin are joining forces with the Travis County Commissioners Court and a wide range of community partners to address this problem by rethinking – and ultimately redesigning – the local intersection of criminal, legal and behavioral health systems. The goal of the effort, known as the Travis County Forensic Mental Health Project, is to establish solutions rooted in person-centered and evidence-based care for people stuck at or repeatedly cycling through this intersection. A...