Mental health services for inmates at Multnomah County jails are not adequate, a citizen panel said this week.
The Corrections Grand Jury, which reviews the jail operations of the Sheriff’s Office, released its annual report that praised much of the departments work but also repeated concerns about mental health and juvenile education. It convened Oct. 12 and spent seven weeks on the report.
Multnomah County jails remain “a sub-optimal system” to treat mental health issues, according to the report, despite the availability of corrections and mental-health counselors, health workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, registered nurses and forensic fellows, as well as deputies who are trained in communication and de-escalation techniques. For the second consecutive year, 43 percent of all jail inmates have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder but the exact number isn’t given.