BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) showed off a study it commissioned on how Baton Rouge should handle its mental health crisis.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie talked about the urgent need for a mental health center.
"We probably have 50 to 60-percent of our inmate population that has mental health issues," said Gautreaux.
"To see that this is not a want. This is not just something that we're wanting to put on a wish list. This is a definite need in our community, We have to do something," said Dabadie.
BRAF presented a plan that includes the mental health center upfront and then five more steps. Because mental health cases can and should be tracked and addressed before the person ends up in jail.