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Sebastian County pursues mental health court grant


Sebastian County is working to secure funding to establish a mental health court.


By Thomas Saccente
Southwest Times Record

Sebastian County is working to secure funding to establish a mental health court.

County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Shue said the county is in the process of obtaining a federal grant for the establishment of the program titled “The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Fiscal Year 2018 Competitive Grant.” The application for the grant is due May 29.

Shue is working with County Judge David Hudson, Circuit Judge Annie Hendricks and Rusti Holwick with the Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center to get the application in. Others involved with the grant application include Sasha Grist and Ashley Garris with the Western Arkansas Planning and Development District and Kari Powers with the Administrative Office of the Courts.

When asked if it has been determined yet how a Sebastian County mental health court would operate, Hudson said the county is working on many of those details. Hudson said a big target of a Sebastian County mental health court is a collaborative county approach to reducing the prevalence of people with serious mental illness in the county jail. Read more.

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