Inmates with Mental Illness Receive Help with New Program

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RAYMONDVILLE – A new state law is helping Cameron County inmates with mental illness to cope.

The program provides a jail diversion, which is the overcrowding of inmates with mental illness in jails.

KRGV’s Cecilia Gutierrez spoke with the president and CEO of Inspired Behavioral Health Inc. at La Jarra Ranch.

"It's a pilot program that is a spur off of the legislation that was just passed in the 85th legislation,” says Brandy Leonhardt. 

Leonhardt says the program helps those who suffer from anxiety, depression, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

"They can receive full wrap around service which will include your med management, daily living skills, transitioning back into society,” she says.

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