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Funds Approved for Two Positions for Jail Mental Health Services

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

In two actions related to the County’s commitment to providing mental health services to inmates at the Tompkins County Jail, the Legislature in two separate unanimous votes, authorized the transfer of funds from the Mental Health Department to the Sheriff’s Office Budget to fund a new position of Jail Psychiatric Physician, and to transfer a Mental Health Forensic Counselor position from Mental Health to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Jail Psychiatric Physician measure creates the part-time psychiatrist position (not to exceed four hours per week) at a rate of $95.00 per hours, which is above the graded salary range, and budgets $25,823 (salary and fringe) to cover the position for 2018, and authorizes the budget adjustment to continue for future years. The Mental Health Forensic Counselor action transfers the counselor position to the Sheriff’s Office and approves the related budget adjustment of $100,533 (salary and fringe) for 2018 and future years.

Public Health Director/ Mental Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa told Legislators the departments are adapting as they realize the reality of implementing these new programs and decided it made more sense to have a model similar to that used for medical supervision in the Jail. In a briefing memo provided to the Legislature, Undersheriff Brian Robison stated adding the part-time psychiatrist will enable his office to provide mental health diagnosis, evaluations, and treatment to individuals in the facility.