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SLO Co. Jail prepares to open new behavioral health unit

Posted at 7:46 AM, Apr 19, 2019

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office has unveiled its new behavioral health unit at the County Jail.

During an open house event Thursday, sheriff’s office officials said the new unit will provide immediate and intensive behavioral therapy services for inmates suffering from mental illness.

A portion of the new behavioral health unit at the SLO Co. Jail. (Courtesy photo)
A portion of the new behavioral health unit at the SLO Co. Jail. (Courtesy photo)

 

The new facility was built using donations from individuals and companies in the community. So far, nearly $300,000 has been raised.

A portion of the new behavioral health unit at the SLO Co. Jail. (Courtesy photo)
A portion of the new behavioral health unit at the SLO Co. Jail. (Courtesy photo)

 

The unit will have classrooms for building life skills, stress management and other group services.

New patients start being accepted next month.

Sheriff Parkinson, County Administrative Officer Wade Horton, Supervisor Adam Hill, and Chief Medical Officer at the Jail, Dr. Christy Mulkerin tour the new Behavioral Health Unit.

Posted by San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, April 18, 2019

 

The opening of the unit comes after Sheriff Ian Parkinson said he planned to improve treatment for inmates with mental health issues at the jail following the death of Andrew Holland.