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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 25, 2018
A recent Nashville grand jury assessment found that too many Tennesseans with mental illness are arrested and jailed instead of being referred for treatment, The Tennessean reports. Dwight Lewis, a former Tennessean editor and foreman of the grand jury from January to March, said the grand jury heard from officials and law enforcement on the topic and experts agreed that people are not getting the help that they need, at least in part due to shrinking resources to treat mental illness due to budget cuts.