Prison mental health panel gets permanent director

Oct 11, 2014 11:26 AM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed an executive officer for a council that advises California agencies on mental health treatment for residents at risk of incarceration.

Kirsten Barlow, a Democrat from Sacramento, was named Friday to the $120,000-a-year position at the Council on Mentally Ill Offenders.

The council had been without an executive director for more than two years. Members told The Associated Press that the council could not meet its legal obligations because most of the 12 appointees have full-time professional jobs.

The council's role is to make recommendations to prison officials, state agencies and law enforcement on cost-effective ways to keep the mentally ill from committing crimes.

Barlow, the new director, had been associate director at the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California since 2009.

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