Crime & Justice

Orange County Jails Could See Major Expansion Of Mental Health Care Under Proposed Budget

The Orange County Central Men's Jail. The Sheriff's Department is planning a major upgrade to mental health services for inmates starting in 2019.
The Orange County Central Men's Jail. The Sheriff's Department is planning a major upgrade to mental health services for inmates starting in 2019.
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The proposed county budget calls for a big expansion of mental health care for inmates, including $17 million to hire psychiatrists, behavioral health counselors and nurses.