City to study mental health, addiction needs for criminal justice center

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett’s administration announced Monday it will conduct a study of the community’s capacity to treat residents suffering from mental illness and addiction.

The report will be paid for in part with a $7,000 grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and put together in partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Community Solutions Inc.

The city also is contributing $11,250 to the study as part of an existing contract with Community Solutions.

The assessment, which should be completed by the end of 2018, will collect and analyze data on the capacity of the community’s system to serve low-income, underinsured people, people with a criminal history and and people with mental health disorders and addictions.

The results of the report will help determine which services are provided in the new criminal justice center’s assessment and intervention center.

“The results of this assessment will help us design a center that effectively connects residents who encounter the justice system with the treatment and supportive services they need and keep those who don’t belong in jail, out,” Hogsett said in written comments.

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