Report: Move Mentally Ill Youth Out Of Ohio Lockups

State advised to move mentally Ill Youth to treatment centers.(Photo: Flickr)
State advised to move mentally Ill Youth to treatment centers.(Photo: Flickr)

A new report says the state should transfer mentally ill juvenile inmates to psychiatric facilities as soon as possible and find money for treatment.

The report on the status of Ohio’s youth prison system says the agency holds some of the most acutely mentally ill youth in the state. It says such youth would be transferred to more appropriate treatment facilities if they were hospitalized or in other settings outside detention.

The report filed in federal court Thursday also says repeatedly placing mentally ill youth in seclusion affects decisions about whether they should be held beyond the end of their sentences.

It is the third report by a court-appointed monitor reviewing Department of Youth Services efforts to make prisons safer following a 2004 lawsuit that alleged a culture of violence.

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