Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
October 18th, 2018 • News

October 18, 2018

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  • From the beautiful and busy hallways of your historic state Capitol, this is Senator Keith Ingram.
  • Two new mental health crisis centers have opened in Little Rock and Fort Smith, and early reports indicate that they will be a success.
  • Two other centers will open soon in Jonesboro and Fayetteville.
  • About 360 people have gone through the doors of the facilities in Fort Smith and Little Rock. Their average stay is two days.
  • What makes these crisis centers unique is that they are not ordinary mental health centers. Actually, they could be called jails.
  • Police officers have known for years that many offenders who end up in jail are suffering from a mental illness.
  • In jail, their condition may worsen. Being locked up, they go without medication, and in the most tragic of cases, some find a way to commit suicide in their jail cells.
  • The new crisis centers offer the police a much better option for people going through a mental health episode. They’re stabilized, and because they’re back on their medications, when they are released they’re less likely to get in trouble again.
  • When the legislature created the crisis centers, we also authorized additional training for police officers, to teach them how to recognize and deal with mental illness in the offenders they pick up.
  • It’s good to know that our police are being equipped with the training and resources to protect the public, while helping some of our most troubled citizens.
  • From the Capitol, it is always my great honor and sincere privilege to serve you as your state Senator. This is Keith Ingram.
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