CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fl. - Florida is ranked 49th in the country when it comes to funding for mental healthcare.
That's one of the challenges local law enforcement and healthcare officials discussed at a round table hosted by WINK's partners at the Charlotte Sun Tuesday. Leaders say there is a high percentage of inmates in county jails who suffer from mental illness.
They say there needs to be more money and resources for programs to treat inmates during and after they've served their time.
"When they get out on the street after everything is said and done with us and they're not being supervised then a lot of times they quit taking her medication which starts the cycle over again," DeSoto County Sheriff William Wise.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is working with Charlotte Behavioral Health to train deputies out in the field so they can recognize the warning signs of people who might suffer from some kind of mental illness.