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New treatment program seeks to help people with mental illnesses

Tony Zipple Tony Zipple

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A unified effort has been announced to help repeat jail offenders battling mental illnesses get the help they need and hopefully stay out of Metro Corrections.

Seven Counties, Metro Corrections and the city officially launched the Assertive Community Treatment Program, or ACT. Organizers say often times, the offenders have no place to live and need medication to regulate their illness. ACT will provide everything the patient needs to get on the right track.

"We'll do case management with people. We'll do individuals/group therapy with people," said Tony Zipple, CEO of Seven Counties Services. "We'll do nursing services, medication management, employment services, all kinds of things. But the heart and soul that is we do whatever it takes to help someone succeed."

ACT costs about $21,000 a year per patient, but Zipple says that is far less than what it costs in medical bills and jail costs if they don't get the help they need.

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