Ohio county judges criticize jail’s mental health care

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A group of judges in Cleveland say inmates with serious mental health issues in the Cuyahoga County Jail are not receiving proper care and medication and the facility lacks adequate mental health care staffing.

Cleveland.com reports the five judges overseeing the Common Pleas Court’s mental health docket have outlined problems in a letter to the CEO of the hospital providing psychiatric care at the jail.

A MetroHealth Medical Center spokeswoman said concerns are being addressed and the hospital is implementing new remote psychiatric services.

The FBI is examining possible civil rights violations at the jail after six inmates died during a three-month period.

Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Russo has sent a letter to the Cuyahoga County administrator saying the county has been indifferent to dangers at the jail.

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