In Stanislaus County – like many counties across California -- a faltering local economy and deep budget cuts have severely reduced government’s ability to treat adults with mental illnesses. The result? A surge in the number of people with mental illness landing behind bars and in the county’s ERs. In the past six years, the numbers of mentally ill inmates in the Stanislaus County jail has increased nearly 50 percent, according to sheriff’s department data. Around the state, many of the most seriously mentally ill inmates now wait up to six months in jail before a state hospital bed opens up.