Webinar Archive: The Mental Health Crisis in America's Jails

An estimated half-million people who are incarcerated in the U.S. have a serious mental illness. According to The American Journal of Psychiatry, “It is estimated that more than two million arrests in the United States each year involve people with serious mental illness, and on any given day in the United States, there are approximately 550,000 people with serious mental illness in our jails and prisons.”

There is no question about it: This is a mental health crisis – and it’s falling on our nation’s jails to fix it. In most cases, these facilities are understaffed, underfunded and unprepared. “To stop the bleeding, facilities must be resourceful and work as a cohesive team; they have to change the culture,” said Warden Jeffrey Fewell.

Join Warden Jeffrey Fewell of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office, and Cheri Jaynes, mental health director for Wellpath, as they present the issue, its causes, and what they’re doing to address it in this informative webinar straight from the front lines.

This webinar is sponsored by the Assessment Services Department of IPMA-HR, the premier provider of corrections and police assessment products – the most reliable, affordable and comprehensive on the market today!