Collaborating with other agencies and internal departments is important when coordinating services. Case managers who work with individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities will occasionally find themselves involved in the criminal justice system in addition to other human service providers. This collaboration is critical for ensuring that people are able to obtain the appropriate treatment instead of incarceration. People with mental illness or other disabilities are often placed in jail settings due to a lack of psychiatric beds or limited resources to be maintained in the community. This has led to further mental decompensation or deterioration and resulted in several deaths in jails across the country.
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