Mental Health Court in the Tri-Cities

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It's supposed to help prisoners and save you money at the same time -- Mental Health Court. It could be the newest program coming to the Tri-Cities.

Thursday night in Kennewick, a group of individuals who work in the system and some who are part of the system came to hear what a Mental Health Court could bring. In Spokane, it's saving tax payers over $3 million dollars a year just in jail days. It has shortened the wait time for mental evaluations, and the wait for treatment.

"We have so many mental health patients in jail, they're overwhelming our jail," said Kevin Kennedy, founder of 5150 to Recovery.

Spokane pays for their court with a 1/10 of 1% sales tax voters approved.
This year, Yakima became the newest city to add a Mental Health Court.