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El Dorado County implemented best practice “Mental Health Jail Screen” Yay!

25-Sep-2018, By Jeanne Nelson, President, NAMI El Dorado County

A huge thank you to Brian Richart, Chief Probation Officer and Sheriff John D’Agostini and the entire Stepping Up project team for implementing a best in case jail screening tool.   The Brief Mental Health Jail Screening tool (BMHJS) is designed to screen incoming detainees for further more in-depth mental health assessments.   It is a quick and effective process with a positive track record.    Learn more here.

It is critical that caregivers (family or close friend or caregiver) provide the jail with information that will help jail staff ensure the most positive jail treatment process.  Specifically it is essential that a completed family history form be provided to the jail!   This is the most important step family/caregiver can do for their loved one.

Mental Illness Arrests: A step-by-step guide to help families cope with the criminal justice system in El Dorado County is posted to the Sheriff’s website here.

Progress!   Thank you Stepping Up project team of El Dorado County!

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