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Jail’s medical staff honored

Wayne Brown Correctional Facility received a medical quality award from the California Medical Association Tuesday for its care of inmates.

The medical staff at the county jail – in coordination with the Behavioral Health Department – was one of only 22 correctional facilities in the state to be honored for its efforts to address the needs of the mentally ill.

Sheriff Keith Royal said a large number of inmates incarcerated at the county jail – nearly 20 percent – have mental health problems.

“The award signifies the strides we’re making as a community in dealing with medical and mental illness issues within our custody setting,” Royal said.

The jail contracts with the California Forensic Medical Group for mental health services. They were also recognized for the award.

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