Prison Agency Plans To Centralize Mentally Ill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Department of Correction officials said Wednesday they hope to move all of the prison system’s seriously mentally ill inmates to one central location designed for their care by the first of next year.

The department’s top financial and mental health officials said during a federal court hearing that they plan to overhaul an unused, 22-bed unit at the prison complex in Pendleton into a new treatment center for the seriously mentally ill.

The hearing was held as an update on the prison agency’s progress in complying with a court order mandating it improve its treatment of its estimated 5,000 mentally ill prisoners.