New Travis County initiative helps inmates with mental illness

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Austin Travis County Integral Care to launch a new mental health justice initiative called “The Sequential Intercept Model.”

The program targets local inmates who suffer from a mental illness or substance use disorder to help them transition back into the community. Those inmates will receive access to health care and treatment even after they are released.

“Often times when people come back to our facility, it’s due to them not taking their medication,” said Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton. “But if we are able to have a partner outside the jail when this individual gets out, that individual is more likely to succeed.”

Hamilton says the ultimate goal is to help decrease the number of inmates that are in county jails.

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