Monday, October 21, 2019

Sequoyah County Gets Mental Health Court

The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners learned Monday that the county now has a Mental Health Court to address the needs of people with mental health issues.

Created by the state of Oklahoma, mental health courts are similar to drug court organizations. A person can go into drug court after a felony charge, but people with mental health issues can enter mental health court on a misdemeanor charge.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said having the mental health court in Sequoyah County would be a “really big deal,” adding that the mental health court in Muskogee County has made a huge difference there.

The mental health court will serve up to 30 participants, officials said Monday. State funding for the court will be based on the number of participants and the level of outcomes for those taking part.

In other business, commissioners unanimously approved the lease-purchase of a 2019 Ford truck through state contract for the Brushy Fire Department. The panel also approved the transfer of appropriations from the sheriff’s Forfeiture Capital Outlay account to the sheriff’s Forfeiture Maintenance and Operations account.

Commissioners also heard a proposal by the American Trustee insurance brokerage firm regarding supplemental insurance coverage for county employees.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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1 comment:

  1. THANKYOU SO MUCH NEEDED IN OUR COMMUNITY the police officers can only help so much then their hands are pretty much tied


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