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Letter: Mental-health care in Nassau jail was poor

This aerial view shows the Nassau County

This aerial view shows the Nassau County Jail in East Meadow. Credit: / Kevin P. Coughlin

There have been stories regarding the recent suicides and lack of health care in Nassau County jails [“Health care change at jail,” News, Aug. 24].

Are we forgetting that this jail has been troubled way before 2011? I had the misfortune of being an inmate in the women’s section at the county jail in 2008 and 2009. I can tell you that the health care and mental health services were less than desirable. Depending on your illness, you could wait days before being seen.

Suffering from bipolar disorder, I was required to see the jail psychiatrist a few times a month, and it was a joke. They wanted to take me off medications I had been on for more than a year and try new medications, even though they didn’t know my complete history.

I realize it is jail, and is not supposed to be comfortable. However, if one is mentally ill and doesn’t receive proper care, when he or she is released, the chances of redemption are slim. Perhaps if tighter regulations were implemented, this would not happen.

Cheryl Wadsworth, Seaford


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