Report: Calif. prison mental health lacking

Without the added staff, providing treatment to prisoners for mental health issues ranging from substance abuse to schizophrenia will either not happen or it will cost more

By Dug Begley
The Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — Inadequate staffing is depriving Riverside County jail prisoners of their legally entitled mental health services and compromising fiscal oversight by the internal audit division, according to two civil grand jury reports released Wednesday.

The grand jury panel, which scrutinizes county government operations, recommended that the county hire more mental health professionals and auditors.

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