The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 10:19 pm

Indiana among states stepping up awareness of mental illnesses

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

A report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness found that only 23 states – including Indiana – increased mental health spending in 2015, compared with 36 states in 2013 and 29 in 2014.

Indiana has enacted Senate Bill 380 that directs the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to establish a Crisis Intervention Team Technical Assistance Center. The center will be responsible for creating a statewide advisory committee, providing technical assistance to local coalitions, and identifying grants and other sources of funding for crisis intervention training. In addition, the new law directs the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to provide an overview of CIT in Indiana to all trainees.

Crisis Intervention Teams are programs designed to improve emergency responses to people in mental health crisis and ensure people in crisis get transferred to mental health services, not jail.

Indiana was also one of several states to enact legislation to improve mental health services during incarceration and upon release House Bill 1269 designates the Indiana Department of Correction or the sheriff as an inmate’s personal representative in applying for Medicaid and securing necessary treatment at the time of discharge.

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