Hamilton County Sheriff Presents Plan to Remove Mental Health Patients from Jail

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond detailed to the county’s commission his plan aimed at getting mental health patients out of the county jail, Chattanoogan.com reports. Hammond said that he would apply for a federal grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency that would establish an Assertive Community Treatment Act Team. The team would provide up to 50 homeless frequent users of the jail and local hospitals with permanent housing and intensive support services. Hammond said the program would save the county money by lowering the jail and workhouse populations.
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