Judge discusses mental health, substance use issues in the criminal justice system

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Steven Leifman presents the model used to effectively address the needs of those with mental illness in his community to dozens of Hawaii County stakeholders including judiciary, law enforcement, Department of Health and others on Thursday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

A possible solution to decrease the revolving door of incarceration for people suffering serious mental illness and substance use disorder in Hawaii was proposed Thursday at a summit held by the state Judiciary at Keahuolu Courthouse.