Jail Triage

The 2004 Kentucky Legislature passed a bill (sponsored by Senator Dan Kelly), that provides innovative mental health services to the jails of Kentucky. This program offers jails immediate consultation and assistance to help manage the risk and needs of people who have symptoms of:

Mental illness
Substance Abuse
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Acquired Brain Injury

The Jail Triage program consists of four components:

Consistent jail screening insturments
  • Identify risk of suicide, mental illness, substance abuse, IDD and acquired brain injury
  • Intake Triage questions for the transporting officer
  • Booking/Screening questions for the jail custody officer

Telephonic Triage services
  • An 800 telephone number is available 24 hrs a day/365 days a yr to jail staff
  • Qualified Mental Health Professionals provide a risk screening
  • The level of risk is titrated to safe jail management protocols

Follow up Consultation
  • The local CMHC is called to provide face to face/video/telephonic follow up services
  • The service is provided to the jail within specific response times
  • Assessment, consultation and brief crisis counseling is offered

Statewide management and quality control
  • Every Triage call is documented and emailed or faxed to the jail and the local community mental health center
  • Data from the triage and the follow up service is summarized for each jail
  • Track the reduced jail suicides and the risk related to mental illness

Services are initiated by jail staff
  Edwina Davis, LCSW
Jail Triage Team Leader
Edwina Davis@bluegrass.org
  Laura Becker, LCSW
Bluegrass Resource Center and Jail Triage Administrator
Laura Becker@bluegrass.org
  Della Tuttle, MA
Corporate Director of Emergency Services
Della Tuttle@bluegrass.org
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1351 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511-1277
859.255.4866 (fax)


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