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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Employee Honored By State Group For Efforts To Help Homeless Inmates

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 11:02am

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department employee has been honored by a mental health organization for going above the call of duty to help homeless inmates being released find assistance.

Tona Wakefield is a jail discharge planner with the county, who helps inmates being released find housing, and works to connect them with mental health, and substance abuse recovery programs.

It’s estimated that about a third of the homeless inmates in the county’s jail system have mental health issues.

The Forensic Mental Health Association of California honored Wakefield for her efforts.

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