Benton County commissioners on Tuesday approved offering a contract to Central Washington Comprehensive Mental Health to provide up to 16 hours a week of prescriptive services at the county jail.
A clinical pharmacist, under the supervision of a psychiatrist, will adjust and monitor medications. The services will cost about $71,900 a year, with the initial contract lasting one year.
It still must be finalized.
Bringing on the pharmacist was part of a plan approved earlier this year to enhance mental health services at the jail. Goals include reducing suicide attempts and suicides, injuries to employees and inmates, and use of extraordinary measures such as restraints.
The county also is adding a full-time designated mental health professional to the team within the jail that deals with inmate mental health issues.