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Macon County Commissioners heard impassioned cries for help last week from families that have lost loved ones to addiction.
A national initiative to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails will start accepting participants next month.
The national campaign to find alternatives to incarcerating people with mentall illness takes time, but it has begun.
Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.
by Charles Taylor, National Association of Counties
Addiction and behavioral health highlight 21st Century Cures Act
Steve Leifman knew Miami-Dade's courts had a problem. Ten years ago the longtime jurist realized that his county was putting too many people with mental health problems in jail.
The state is poised to join national trend of having a single hot line number.
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
Diverting low-level, nonviolent offenders into treatment saves millions of dollars and makes our streets safer.
Across the country, a critical shortage of state psychiatric beds is forcing mentally ill patients with severe symptoms to be held in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for a bed, sometimes for weeks.
Edgecombe County is gearing up to offer innovative mental health services, including having psychologists on hand at health clinics.