Cowlitz County, Wash. to increase mental health support for inmates

March 28, 2016

A growing number of inmates in Washington's Cowlitz County have serious mental health problems, so county commissioners approved a $228,000 annual contract with Correct Care Solutions to provide mental healthcare workers at the jail 24 hours a day. The money will come from the county’s one-tenth of 1% mental health sales tax, which generates $1.2 million annually. The tax also pays for mental health court and prevention programs. The contract will boost the county’s spending on inmate health treatment to nearly $1 million a year. It will bring two additional full-time mental healthcare workers and make 24-hour care available, seven days a week. The counselors will do individual and group therapy and help inmates get in touch with mental health providers to continue seeing after they are released.