Daviess County in Kentucky is making efforts to expand its mental health services with the help of River Valley Behavioral Health.
The county’s Fiscal Court recently approved an agreement with River Valley to establish a mental health court that would provide services to individuals with mental illness who have had contact with the court system.
According to officials with River Valley, more than 60% of people in local jails have a mental health disorder and often do not receive the assistance they need.
The program is aimed at helping individuals function better in society with the support of mental health services.
Additionally, this program is expected to save the county money, as the cost of incarcerating individuals with mental illness is over $60,000 per year.