Mental Health Support & Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
Helping People Get Back On Their Feet
At any given time around 1,600 people are incarcerated at the Hamilton County Jail -- and 40% of them have some form of mental illness. The cycle of mental illness, arrest, and homelessness has a devastating impact on the people it ensnares, and it also comes at a high price for the community.
In 2020, when this effort began, the cost to incarcerate people at the Hamilton County jail was over $100,000 per day.
Hamilton County, along with partners from the philanthropic community, service providers, and others,
attempts from dozens of agencies and stakeholders to break this cycle, the time came to try something different.
Breaking the cycle of mental illness, homelessness, and jail is a moral imperative for our community - it also saves money for the community.
Below you will find resources to learn more about the program, hear from participants and experts, and get the latest status updates.
Commission approves mental health program at Hamilton County jail
After nearly two years of planning, Hamilton County's jail will work to address mental illnesses. On Wednesday, Hamilton County Commissioners approved the sheriff's office to accept $125,000 in grant money to fund mental health support at the jail.