Location: SCR 352
Competency Restoration and Court-Ordered Evaluations
COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND COUNTY JAIL FUNDING AND OVERCROWDING SOLUTIONS
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12:27 PM -- Competency Restoration and Court-Ordered Evaluations
Patrick Fox, Chief Medical Officer, Office of Behavioral Health in the Department of Human Services, presented information about competency evaluations and restoration and discussed related state statutes. He distributed a handout that included data and charts regarding orders for evaluations, inpatient beds, court referrals, and the RISE program (Attachment H). He addressed inpatient competency evaluations and recommended a more robust use of outpatient competency restoration. He also recommended a range of options to meet clinical and restoration needs. He answered questions from the committee about the number of individuals in jails for restoration treatment and explained that just the symptoms related to competency are treated. Dr. Fox also responded to committee inquiries regarding the increase in court referrals for evaluations and turn around times.
The committee adjourned.