BOISE -- The Connecticut tragedy hits home for people here in Idaho that concerned about the mental health care system.

Instead of a hospital, many people needing some help end up in jail - at a cost of $200 a day, paid by the county.

Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney says the jail's 41-bed mental health wing is overflowing, and that right now, another 40 inmates with chronic mental health conditions are in general population.

Mental health is a significant issue in the jail, again we are not set up for it, most of our jail housing areas are communal areas, where there is lots of interaction, said Sheriff Raney.

Raney also says local organizations and hospitals need to step up for those who need help before they're behind bar or something worse happens.

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