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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 2, 2014

The Shelby County Juvenile Court has improved its approach to mental health, one of the many reforms outlined in the 2012 mandate from the U.S. Department of Justice. The report called for improvements in the competency evaluations used in court and in the detainees’ overall mental health care. Changes began in August 2013, the Commercial Appeal reports, when the court’s health care budget jumped from $100,000 to $800,000 annually, thanks to a $700,000 contribution from the Shelby County Commission. Now, there is a nurse on call 24 hours a day and full-time mental health professionals available seven days a week.