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Mental health care cost soar at jail

November 29, 2004

Dougherty County - The Dougherty County jail will spend nearly $100,000 a year on mental health care for inmates. Currently, 70 inmates at the jail are on medicine for mental disorders. Until now, the jail paid the Albany Area Community Service Board to provide counselors and psychiatrists to help inmates, but the Jail Director says outside help is no longer enough to handle the needs of Dougherty inmates.

"To this point, we've been able to sustain all the mental health needs through the Albany Area Community Service Board. But, now we need to go beyond their services for the protection of the county," said Jail Director Doug McGinley.

Monday, McGinley told county commissioners to expect a $100,000 a year hike in the jail budget to pay for an in-house mental health staff. Commissioners didn't discuss where that money would come from during the meeting.

Posted at 6:25PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com