Screening Form for Suicide & Medical, Mental, & Developmental Impairments
In response to 85(R) Senate Bill 1849, known as “The Sandra Bland Act”, Texas county jails were required to make changes to minimum jail standards as of September 1, 2017. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) asked Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute to help assess jail readiness. MMHPI developed a comprehensive survey requesting information to assist TCJS in assessing each county jail’s readiness to implement the Sandra Bland Act across areas such as medical and mental health care, transportation, tele-health/tele-psychiatry services, and partnerships with treatment facilities.
Additionally, MMHPI assisted TCJS with revising the screening form for suicide and medical/mental/developmental impairments in response to the death of Sandra Bland.