Helping mentally ill

Mitchell County Sheriff's Office

OSAGE, Iowa –  A local sheriff is speaking up about what he says is a growing problem when it comes to those with mental illness.

There is not enough room or open beds in facilities to provide acceptable care for them.

Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver tells us, right now if his department has contact with someone suffering from a psychiatric issue, police can take them to the local hospital, and get them evaluated, or make sure a court order is issued that requires them to get help.

“Until mental health is more than just a line item on some politician’s budget we’re not going to get anything accomplished and they’re not going to get the help they need,” said Beaver.

Sheriff Beaver says right now, they take people to 5 East in Mason City or a facility in Waterloo, if they need psychiatric help.

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