Medications for People Who Are Incarcerated and Mentally Incompetent

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 8/9/2022

Preview

Agenda Item #6: The Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt a resolution authorizing the HHS Behavioral Health Director and Marin County Sheriff to designate the Marin County Jail as a facility authorized to provide medically approved and court-ordered involuntary medications to incarcerated persons who are found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial and are unable to provide informed consent due to a mental disorder. Currently, there are limited options to help an inmate who declines prescribed psychiatric medication, even if court-ordered. Those individuals are difficult to manage by custody staff and clearly suffering. Marin County is a Stepping Up Initiative Innovator County, and this proposal is in line with Stepping Up goals.

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report and staff presentation about medications for jail inmates.

Contact: Benita McLarin, Director, Health and Human Services

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