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Court: City Must Provide Post-Prison Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates

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The State Supreme Court ruled Monday the city holds a responsibility to inmates with mental illness beyond their prison terms.

A court decision requires the city to continue providing mental health care, medication, substance abuse treatment, and housing to inmates with mental illness after they're released from prison.

The decision piggy backs a similar settlement in a 2003 case against the city.

It also continues the implementation of that decision for two years pending further litigation after the city failed to comply with the original settlement.

The Department of Corrections responded saying, "We are deeply concerned about the needs of mentally ill inmates and considering all our options as we review the court's decision."

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