What is jail delay?

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If you have a serious mental health condition while in jail, you may not be competent to stand trial. But because of a shortage services, you may also be stuck in jail waiting for the treatment that could help you become competent.

Meanwhile, the effects of incarceration can exacerbate symptoms of a mental illness. Sometimes with deadly results.

That’s jail delay. And it happens all the time.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provided federal funding for the cost of producing this video (Award #16SMP05397). The contents are the sole responsibility of Disability Rights Washington, the parent organization of Rooted in Rights, and do not necessarily represent the official views of SAMHSA.