Antrim County Jail takes proactive approach with inmates

By: 
Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Mental health care at the local jail is a growing concern for Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean, which like penal institutions throughout the U.S. is dealing with an increase in mental health issues, many of which are believed to stem from addiction to narcotics.

 

 

BELLAIRE - Dan Bean doesn't want his jail to be compared to the Grand Traverse County Jail, pointing out that with a much larger facility and approximately 125 inmates on any given day, there's bound to be more issues there than in the Antrim County Jail, which houses approximately 30 inmates on an average day.

And he's grateful for that. 

But mental health care is a growing concern for the Antrim County Sheriff in the jail, which like penal institutions throughout the U.S. is dealing with an increase in mental health issues, many of which are believed to stem from addiction to narcotics.

As a result, most institutions, including Grand Traverse County, have adopted "no narcotics" policies within the walls of their jails, even if an inmate enters the facility with a legal prescription for a narcotic drug to treat conditions such as bipolar disorders.

But that can often lead to even bigger problems, and even suicide, believes former state House representative Greg MacMaster. 

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