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The Discharge Unit implements procedures to identify the mentally ill detainees before discharge and have a mental health liaison develop a case plan for each inmate before discharge.
Within the Cook County Department of Corrections, the Records and RCDC Discharge Unit will work with the Mental Health Liaison prior to a mentally ill detainee being discharged in order to identify the level of mental health care needed and create the appropriate discharge plan.
Mental Health Liaison will:
- Conduct interviews of discharging detainees
- Implement a process by which detainee undergoes a Pre Admissions Screen before or in connection with discharge
- Initiate a petition to transfer a detainee to a Mental Health Facility if the detainee qualifies for involuntary admission on an inpatient basis and is in need of immediate hospitalization to protect the individual or others from physical harm (Inpatient Admission by Certificate procedure)
- Organize an appropriate discharge plan for each mentally ill detainee