LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A big announcement from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Tuesday, May 13.
The city is teaming up with Seven Counties Services for a new program to help those with mental illness and drug and alcohol addictions stay out of jail.
"These are generally people who have very serious mental illnesses, who have histories of homelessness, who have been in and out of corrections and the courts, the hospital, who are frequent visitors to the EMTS. What we've done in the past hasn't worked very well. ACT is designed to wrap around them and provide them with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, where they are and when they need it," Tony Zipple, with Seven Counties Services, said.
The Assertive Community Treatment program, or ACT, is part of a community-wide strategy that the city has been working on for more than a year.
The problem of people being jailed and institutionalized was recently featured in a PBS "Frontline" documentary.