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Spokane Mental Health Court graduates three more members

SPOKANE, Wash. - Wednesday, Spokane's Mental Health Court, a voluntary program designed to help inmates with mental health issues, graduated three more of it's members.

The court has been in place in 2007 and since then, around 500 inmates have gone through.

The goal of the program: to give defendants improved access to public mental health treatment services, improve their well-being and reduce recidivism rates.

One of the three graduating Wednesday was Rebecca Townley, who got involved in a life of drugs and theft at a very young age. Diagnosed with ADHD, she has been in and out of the system most of her adult life.

Then, her attorney told her about Spokane's Mental Health Program and for the past year, she has been meeting with counselors, doctors, case workers, and Judge Sara Derr, ultimately heaping her get her life on track

Law enforcement officials believe at any given time, 30 to 50 percent of all inmates incarcerated in the Spokane County jail deal with mental health issues.

The court is voluntary and is only for those serving misdemeanors, not felonies.

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