In Los Angeles County, Byrne JAG funds support the Public Defender's Jail Mental Health Liaison program. The goal of this program is to provide a link between the lawyer and their most severely mentally ill clients who are housed in county jail. This allows for critical and emergent issues to be address quickly, effectively, and humanely. This program provides a licensed clinical social worker with direct access to the county jail's mentally ill population to ensure they receive the correct medications, interventions and alternatives to incarceration. Beginning in January of 2016, this program has assisted over 560 clients and connected more the 50 individuals to community mental health and reentry organizations.
Social Work; Recidivism; Behavioral Health