Mental health system crisis
Changing culture and filling jobs have proved difficult at the Minnesota Security Hospital, a sprawling facility that houses more than 300 patients on the outskirts of St. Peter. Updated Jan. 1, 2014
This investigative series examines failures in Minnesota’s mental health system that have left hundreds of psychiatric patients in limbo — many of them languishing in county jails, cycling through the criminal justice system and sinking deeper into dangerous psychoses.
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No video or audio remains to document crucial minutes in 2009 before guards tried to save a Stillwater inmate hanging in his cell.
Debbie Kickhafer visited her 28-year-old son, Josh Holscher, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Onamia, Minn. Holscher committed suicide in jail custody in December 2010 after his mother warned Mille Lacs County officials of Hoscher's depression and previous suicide attempt. ] MCKENNA EWEN / Star Tribune * email@example.com
Minnesota jails have failed inmates with mental illness, with deadly consequences.
Randy May, pictured last July at the Woodland Intensive Residential facility in Atwater, Minn., talked about his struggles with bipolar disorder and how he ended up in jail during a manic episode. “It’s like [they’re] baking a ham,” May says.
Across Minnesota, help for the acutely mentally ill often means the ER — or jail.
Inmate stabbed himself after 40 days in Hennepin County jail without proper psychiatric care.
Michael Schuler stabbed himself in both eyes after spending 40 days in jail.
Hundreds of inmates with dangerous psychiatric problems languish in county jails across the state.