Commissioners address mental health of inmates

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton county sheriff’s department has been trying to get inmates with mental issues out of the Silverdale lock up.

Two grants were presented at Wednesday’s county commission meeting, which will help resolve the issue.

They’re worth $120,000.

Commissioner David Sharpe also offered an amendment for matching funds from the county, which passed.

Sheriff Jim Hammond says it will save the county money in the long run.

“We’re well on the way to the next phase, which will be putting together what we call the ACT team. These are the people who will actually be offering the wrap around services, which includes components on housing, providing counseling, providing drugs where necessary, seeing that they’re monitored so they don’t end up back out on the street, some of them will have to spend the rest of their life on these kind of programs.”

Hammond says ABOUT 40 percent of the population in his facilities are mental health users.

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