Santa Barbara County’s jail system has by default become one of the largest mental health service providers in the region.
It’s put a huge financial strain on the jail system, adding millions of dollars in costs for everything from medication, to treatment.
County Supervisors received a pair of reports yesterday, showing that there is some progress in efforts to improve services, and control costs. But, KCLU’s Lance Orozco reports officials admit they have a long way to go to cope with an issue involving thousands of inmates a year.
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