People in mental health crises spend months in county jails because Wyoming’s resources are strained. The long running problem is not restricted to adult offenders.
A loss of funding for substance abuse treatment programs could increase the number of felons who wind up back in prison, the director of the Wyoming Department of Corrections says.
On the cusp of an important discussion with lawmakers, Director
Wyoming cut $3 million from substance abuse, mental health and suicide prevention programs, and more than $16.5 million from related treatments.
More than $13 million of cuts to mental health and substance abuse programs will have real effects.
Wyomingites should have the common goal to end the tragedy of suicide.