Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Cost Prohibitive Not to Treat

As of October, Ohio was treating 8,371 mentally ill prisoners to the tune of about $67 million a year.

[Care of mentally ill prisoners costly for jails, Plain Dealer, Jan. 20, 2006]

In 2001, each inmate cost Nebraskans an average of $25,321, compared to the $3,500 per person cost of mental health treatment.

[Jail diversion ‘saved my life,’ woman says, Lincoln Journal Star, Jan. 24, 2006]