Position would replace jail’s part-time therapist, who’s retiring.
La Crosse County is preparing to increase its therapeutic services to jail inmates.
The county board is being asked to hire a full-time clinical therapist for the jail, at a salary of $55,000.
County administrator Steve O’Malley says he’s not aware of other Wisconsin counties providing a similar health service for prisoners.
“I do know that we tend to put more time and energy to helping through jail programming, allowing more volunteers,” he said. “And, I believe we’re one of the few larger jails that would have mental health services in the jail.”
La Crosse County has been a pioneer in offering health services and jail alternatives to inmates.
The full-time therapist would not just work in the jail, but would also operate in an outpatient clinic run by county Human Services.
The proposed position would replace a part-time jail therapist, who is retiring this summer.
Most of the money for the full-time post is already included in the county budget.