Martinez jail opens new module focusing on mental health treatment

Martinez jail opens new module focusing on mental health treatment
All photos courtesy of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.

A module at the Martinez Detention Facility has been remodeled with a focus on treating inmates with mental illnesses, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

The module, which opened following an 18-month remodel, previously held 52 inmates, but will now house 24 inmates who have mental illness.

Inmates will be supervised around-the-clock by county health staff in addition to deputy sheriffs. The module features “the latest technology and best practices for detention facilities,” including state-of-the-art software for managing the module and furnishings designed to help prevent suicides and also to allow for greater observation of inmates, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A biophilic design to the new space intends to create a calm environment, reduce stress, and be more conducive to therapy.

The cells are all single-occupancy and five cells are dedicated for acute cases. There are also two private medical evaluation suites in the module, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston said the new module “sets the standard for these types of detention facilities.”

“I am proud of this new module which is part of the jail modernization we planned many years ago,” Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston said. “Now, inmates who have mental illnesses will have a dedicated housing unit where they will receive mental health treatment, programming, and services, in addition to healthcare.”