"Cover Story" piece on new state resources going to the Department of Human Reso
"Cover Story" piece on new state resources going to the Department of Human Resources (DHS) and to jails overflowing with untreated mentally ill inmates. The hiring of dozens of new "child protective" workers in DHS would be the "most significant" increase in resources in more than two decades, according to Kevin Concannon, the commission of DHS. DHS could see 51 new positions at a total cost of $4.9 million. And the hiring of mental health workers in the jails and courts, at a cost of $9.6 million, would represent the first serious attempt to address a problem that has been building for more than a decade. Of the 35,000 people incarcerated in the state each year, 16 percent have a serious mental illness and a quarter take some kind of medication, according to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maine.
Maine Department of Human Services
Burnett, Lee, ""Cover Story" piece on new state resources going to the Department of Human Reso" (2002). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 5926.