Health Affairs: Where Mental Health And Criminal Justice Intersect

In a GrantWatch guest blog post on Health Affairs, Helmsley Program Officer Heidi Schultz details how the Rural Healthcare Program has supported efforts to improve how criminal justice systems in rural states work with people with mental illness.

Helmsley commenced its work in this space by funding the completion of a survey that provided insight into the behavioral health landscape of South Dakota. Understanding the need for improvements in this area, Helmsley subsequently awarded a grant to promote collaboration between mental health providers, law enforcement, the judicial system, and jails via a South Dakota task force responsible for addressing difficulties experienced by individuals with mental illness.

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