Smith County sheriff works to increase resources for mental health patients in jail
An East Texas county official is working to increase resources for mental health patients who wind up in jail. Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said people with mental health issues make up a substantial part of the smith county jail. He said it's a problem that needs to be solved statewide.
Individuals with mental health issues make up more than 17 percent of the total number of Smith County jail inmates, nearly one in five overall. The process of getting them to the jail takes crisis intervention deputies several hours at a time, simply to prove a patient is mentally incompetent.
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