Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tulsa Sheriff Candidates Holding Sunday Forum

  The Tulsa affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) is set to hold a public forum on Mental Health and the Tulsa Sheriff's Office. The event is planned for 2-4pm, Sunday.
  All of the filed candidates are eligible to participate. Nine of the ten eligible candidates have stated their intent to participate. Hardesty Regional Library's Frossard Auditorium is the setting.
  Tulsa County Jail is now the second largest mental health treatment center in the state. Oklahoma City's jail is even larger.

"Our most vulnerable people are better served if they can be diverted from jails, and states' bottom lines will benefit as well. It's less expensive, more efficient and more humane to treat mental illness like it's not a crime."

  The candidates have been sent 6 questions to prepare responses to. There will also be submitted questions from the audience, as time permits. All candidates will give their responses in turn.
  Issues will focus on mental illness challenges as they impact jail operations, department budgeting, community relations, responding to incidences, and other aspects.
The public is welcome to attend as accommodations allow.

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