Utah earns A+ grade for interventions that divert mental health clients from criminal justice system

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  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 26, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    This raises a serious question. The story states the "[interventions] have consistently been found to reduce the arrest and incarceration of individuals with severe mental illness."

    Utah's "A+ grade" comes from "the national nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center" which certainly is motivated to see more people in treatment programs.

    However, do the "treatment programs" really work better than keeping people who commit criminal acts in prison or institutions when measuring society's safety from the mentally ill committing additional criminal acts?

    The goal is not to create programs and win praise from those who run such programs, but to keep the public safe. This story does not tell us anything about that aspect.