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Douglas County Seeks Reduction In Mentally Ill Inmates

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office wants the county to commit to reducing the number of jail inmates who are seriously mentally ill.

The office will ask the county commissioners to commit to the reduction during a meeting today.

Mike Brouwer is re-entry director for the sheriff's office, he says the request is part of a national initiative and coincides with recent developments on a potential county jail expansion and a mental health crisis intervention center project.

In September the sheriff's office was also awarded nearly $200,000 to hire two case managers to assess potential inmates each month and divert an estimated 25 to treatment alternatives.