Illinois Times

Inmates wait for mental health treatment

Sangamon County wants DHS held in contempt for delays in transferring inmates

The Sangamon County state’s attorney wants the Illinois Department of Human Services declared in contempt of court because of months-long delays by DHS in accepting jail inmates who need mental health treatment before they can stand trial.

Department officials say the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame for an “unprecedented backlog” of about 150 people sitting in county jails throughout the state after being declared temporarily unfit for trial and waiting for a bed at Springfield’s McFarland Mental Health Center or one of the state’s six other psychiatric hospitals.

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