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Monday, March 11, 2019

Mental Illness - Here comes help

Blogger Comments:  We believed from the beginning that Sheriff Puckett was going to make major changes within the jail.  For us, this is an issue near and dear to our hearts.  People who suffer mental illness do not ask for the disease. Often times drug addiction is secondary to their mental illness.  Most mentally ill should be in mental health facilities or in programs within their community to help them stabilize their mental health treatment and train them to take their medicine as prescribed.  This sounds easy for me and you but is far more difficult for the mentally ill.  God bless you, Sheriff Puckett and Kathy Goodwin and those who work alongside you to make a difference.

Local agencies Stepping Up for inmates with mental illness


Morgan County Sheriff Ron Puckett says "dealing with the mental health issue requires a community effort, and that is what we are seeing in Morgan County." [JERONIMO NISA/DECATUR DAILY]

Local agencies are partnering in an effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail or the hospital and connect them with community services they need.
The Stepping Up Initiative is made possible by a $50,000 Alabama Department of Mental Health grant for fiscal 2019 to the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama.
The local program, part of the national Stepping Up Initiative, is targeted at inmates about to be released from Morgan County Jail and people trying to get mental health services through Decatur Morgan Hospital’s emergency department, according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.
“We want them to be successful and healthy,” said Kathy Goodwin, the Stepping Up coordinator/case manager with the Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama. “We want to help them achieve that.”
The Morgan County Sheriff's Office and the Decatur Police Department are among the local agencies participating in the initiative.
"I look forward to continuing to build on this initiative as we work to address the ever-growing issue of mental health,” Sheriff Ron Puckett said in a statement. “Dealing with the mental health issue requires a community effort, and that is what we are seeing in Morgan County as more organizations join us in providing the help that is needed."
Goodwin described her role as a “connector of services” for people with mental illnesses and drug and alcohol problems.
She said her goal is to identify jail inmates or hospital patients who need assistance, “give a face to the program and give them some hope, so when they leave jail or the hospital and need access to services, we can help them get to where they need to go.”
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  1. Good job Puckett...someone who cares more about Dept. Than dollar signs and illegal activities.

  2. Your heart will lead you in the right direction. Thank you sheriff Puckett.

  3. Do you really believe all mentally ill people should be in mental instituitons.That is what you said at the beginning of this post. You apparently believe the mentally ill cannot function in society. I'm surprised at you. That hits close to home.