Kansas jail works with agency for juvenile mental health

Jail Cell (MGFX)
Jail Cell (MGFX)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Shawnee County detention facility has plans to work with a mental health agency for juvenile inmates in need of those services.

The Shawnee County Commission on Thursday approved a one-year, grant funded contract with the Family Service and Guidance Center agency. The contract will involve staff in the Shawnee County jail’s juvenile detention center working with a mental health professional to identify at-risk juveniles and then placing them in short-term therapeutic programs.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that of the 30 juvenile inmates, about 15 percent to 20 percent need mental health services.

Brian Cole, director of the county’s corrections department, says the contract is part of a larger department push to focus on mental health services.