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With nearly 2 million people with serious mental illness arrested each year, the U.S. correctional system is the nation’s primary provider of inpatient psychiatric care. We need to change that.
By providing police, judges and county officials with resources that can help them better understand, recognize and address mental illness, we are reducing the number of people with mental illness in jails and improving public health and safety.
The number of people with mental illness in U.S. jails has reached crisis levels. In counties across the nation there are more people with mental illnesses in jails than in psychiatric hospitals.
The Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative aims to stimulate, support, and enhance efforts by judges and psychiatrists to improve responses to people with behavioral health needs in the criminal justice system.
At the APA Foundation, we focus on the nation's most pressing social mental health issues across our society.