The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to explore expanding a special, intensive and in-demand criminal court program that aims to get mentally ill offenders out of jail and into housing and treatment.
The board wants to take a closer look at growing what is known as Behavioral Health Court, designed for offenders who have a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia.
The 12-year-old program the county funds in San Diego Superior Court is relatively small, capped at 60 people. There is more demand to join than there are available spots.
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