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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two inmates are suing the Twin Falls County jail saying they have not received adequate mental health care.

The Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/1gP57JR ) Chad Allen English and Ronnie Manuel Preal filed a complaint in federal court on Feb. 25.

English said he was denied his psychiatric medication for three months and placed in solitary confinement when staff mistakenly believed he was suicidal. He said Preal was put in solitary and at one point made to strip naked because jail staff believed he was suicidal.

English and Preal have also filed a related lawsuit against the jail's consulting psychiatrist while English has a separate lawsuit that names the psychiatrist and the jail nurse. Those lawsuits also allege poor mental health care.

County Prosecutor Grant Loebs said Tuesday the claims have been turned over to the county's insurance carrier.

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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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