Larimer County law enforcement, either on the street or in the county jail, say they're seeing more significant and persisting mental illnesses like mood, bipolar, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia.
The shift is taxing resources with Emergency Rooms, health care providers, jail resources and the Fort Collins Police Department.
After a spike in the number of female inmates, Larimer County Jail officials say the population has decreased to normal levels.
Larimer County budget constraints are limiting staffing at the jail. That means that even though the facility was designed to hold as many as 533, current funding caps that number to 460. And there are also space constraints. When the number of women increased in mid February, jail administrator Capt Timothy Palmer said he had to add beds in the common area, and even convert a male housing area into one for women.