Mental Illness at the Jail: Resources and Forms

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is committed to helping those with mental illness get the assistance they need prior to being in the criminal justice system. The Sheriff's Office works with community partners to assess and resolve the medical and mental health needs of each adult in custody. The jail is equipped with medically trained personnel who specialize in mental illness to address the needs of the Jail population. All individuals in custody with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requesting or requiring medical services will be treated as patients with respect and dignity, and the highest level of care will be provided to those individuals.

Since February 2005, the Sheriff's Office has collaborated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and local mental-health agencies to build the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program. CIT's goal is to provide information, tools, and resources to enhance first-responder encounters with the emotionally disturbed -- in jail and on the street -- and reduce overall incarcerations and risk of injury or death.

In January 2016, the Sheriff's Office supported the national Stepping Up Initiative ( read the resolution ) to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the factors contributing to the over-representation of people with mental illnesses in jails -- and then uses practices and strategies that work to drive those numbers down.

To help further these efforts, the Clackamas County Jail -- in conjunction with NAMI Clackamas -- created a guide and forms that can assist you in helping a friend or family member with a serious mental illness who has been arrested.

It is best to deliver the form to the jail by hand or by fax -- address and fax number are at the bottom of the form.

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