It is daily that personnel of the West Fargo Police Department are faced with situations relating to a person's mental health or chemical dependency issues. An estimated 90% of those booked into jail have difficulties related to chemical dependency.
In June 2009, 628 prisoners entered the Cass County Jail. During the intake process 190 were identified as needing further treatment for mental health problems. Chemical dependency and mental health are the two most common underlying factors relating to a person's involvement in the criminal court system. Read the North Dakota Supreme Court Form SFN 17260 (PDF)