County to divert emotionally disturbed from jail

The Press of Atlantic City informs us today that the county jail was one of only 28 programs nationwide to receive federal funding to divert the mentally ill from the jail.

A pilot program being developed by various agencies throughout Cumberland County seeks to provide an alternative to jail for mentally ill and emotionally disturbed individuals who need treatment rather than incarceration.

The program, called Jail Diversion, is funded by nearly $250,000 the county received in grant money from the United States Department of Justice.

This is a worthwhile effort, and one of the good things that I wish we saw more of in the county. Now if we can only get a grant to remove the  emotionally disturbed from the Freeholder board.

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