Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Mental Healthcare in Rural America | Independent Lens | PBS

In many rural counties in the U.S., the de facto mental health facility is the county jail. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Mental Healthcare in Rural America explores how the lack of access to mental healthcare in Cochise County, AZ intersects with the local criminal justice system.The short film follows four characters as they struggle at each level of the system, from a patient who has landed in jail multiple times to the sheriff whose facility is flooded with inmates needing treatment. Through their stories, we see the long term impact of a system that often criminalizes people for needing mental healthcare.
This piece was originally published on The Atlantic.

Directed by
James Burns

Chris Herde

Director of Photography
Matthew Seger

1st Assistant Camera
Joseph Guffey

Location Sound
Alex Burdick

Post Coordinator
Stacy Kim

Daniel Ferry

Nicholas Metcalf

Post Audio Engineer
Geoff Strasser

Music Courtesy of

Executive Producers
Lois Vossen
Sally Jo Fifer

Senior Vice President of Content
Jim Sommers

Senior Producer
Stephen Talbot

Associate Producer
Susan Cohen

Produced in association with Terry Greene Sterling and Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

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