Yavapai County courthouse in Prescott Arizona.

In Yavapai County (Arizona), Wexford Health’s Restoration to Competency program (RTC) has returned a significant amount of enrolled inmates to sufficient mental competency to stand trial. Previously, inmates were transported to the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix, which was both expensive and time-consuming.

Inmates are referred to the RTC program by the Superior Court. By law, they have 15 months to successfully complete RTC. In the county’s version of the RTC, inmates have been found to spend as much as 65 percent less time enrolled – an average of 63 days – before they finish treatment than they did when they were sent to the Arizona State Hospital.

Read more at the Daily Courier.