KENTUCKY — Ken Fleming represents part of Jefferson and Oldham Counties in the Kentucky General Assembly as a member of the Republican party.
During this In Focus Kentucky segment, Rep. Fleming discusses House Bill 127 which expedites services for people in need of court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) in Kentucky.
It was a bipartisan measure, that expands access to “Tim’s Law,” which is an evidence-based treatment program that creates more effective avenues for mental health treatment.
"This particular program I mentioned about 2% or less that I have the severe mental health, it costs well we can determine about $180 million to have these people go through time in and time out to be in hospitals or going back into jail and so forth. So looking at and based on a SAMSA grant, it's around $100,000 of cost to the state to go through this process. So if we can address this in terms of expanding it more and get more people into the system, in terms of having this system, outpatient treatment program, we can get this thing down to maybe 40 or 30 million, but it's a significant savings," adds Rep. Fleming.
You can watch the full In Focus segment in the player above.