Alabama’s state government has plans to expand a program that provides mental health care for people in county jails, mental health advocates say, although it’s unclear whether Calhoun County will be one of the jurisdictions affected by the change. 

In fiscal 2021, 17 additional Alabama counties will participate in the Stepping Up Initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails by developing mental health referral and case-management systems, the Alabama Department of Mental Health said.

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