Let's help those with non violent mental illness by getting them treatment instead of placing them in the County Jail.
  • Petitioned Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

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Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors

Let's help those with non violent mental illness by getting them treatment instead of placing them in the County Jail.

    1. Petition by

      CLUE SB

What we want: Allocate 4 million dollars to build residential treatment facilities for those with non violent mental illness, which will save 3 million dollars yearly in ongoing jail costs.

 

How we would use it: Cooperate with Faith Communities, FamiliesACT!, and local builders supporting Next Steps Model to relocate 150 of these persons into residential treatment facilities built on County property.

 

How to fund it: One source could be: Redirect 4 million dollars in 2014 funding for the 2nd new jail expansion grant, 228 additional jail beds we no longer need if we remove those with non violent mental illness.

 

Why this is good for taxpayers: Save approximately 3 million dollars more per year spent in ongoing jail costs for 150 persons. Divert over 1 million dollars per year from mental health services in jail to more effective Residential Treatment.

 

Why this is good for public safety:  Closes the revolving door by replacing repeated incarceration for minor infractions with effective treatment.

 

Why this is good for those with non violent mental illness: Reduces human suffering and misuse of funds that should be used in effective treatment.

 

Why now: County Reports have been calling for action to end this human suffering and wasteful spending since 2009.  Every year we delay, we waste 3 million dollars and inflict unnecessary damage on people who need help. That 3 million dollars could be better spent on schools or other county needs.

 

Next step: Present petition at April 1 Board of Supervisors meeting.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sally Hughes SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 6 months ago

      It is criminal to jail someone who simply needs psychologic treatment.

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    • Sally Warner-Arnett SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 7 months ago

      More cost efficient, more effective, more humane. And makes us safer by freeing up space in our prisons for real criminals.

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    • Elizabeth Flanagan SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 7 months ago

      It is what is right to do, plus good for those suffering with non violent mental illness, good for the community and good for the budget. It makes sense on every level.

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    • Frank and Linda Ferratta SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Besides the fact that mental illness is not a crime but a problem needing help, the cost of overcrowded jails is a huge drain on our economy.

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    • Geneva Nunnally WESTLAKE VILLAGE,, CA
      • 7 months ago

      County agencies are struggling to get mental health treatment programs to disrupt cycles for non-serious offenders.

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