Mental Health: Crisis Intervention. Challenges and Solutions In West Texas August 9, 2007. Challenges in 2007 “Untreated mental illness is a public safety issue”. The crisis response system is in crisis!
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Challenges and Solutions
August 9, 2007
Public Hearing – February 23, 2006
Big Spring State Hospital
DSHS Crisis Services Redesign Committee
3. Lack of professionals
4. Population-based resource shifting (equity)
(5 of 21 listed challenges)
The daily average cost for outpatient mental health care is $11 per day.
The daily average cost to house a state prisoner is $40 per day.
The daily average cost to house a local jail inmate is $35-50 per day.
So, significant cost savings result from reduced incarceration days.
When the dust settled, $82.1 million NEW general revenue dollars were invested in community-based, mental health crisis redesign strategies.
Appropriations (Rider 69)
The Department of State Health Services & legislative
expectation for the use of new funding:
The 80th Legislature hit another homerun!
TCOOMMI (Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments) was given an additional $10 million to provide mental health services, medications, and continuity of care to juvenile and adult offenders with mental impairments.
“May none of our family & friends know what the inside of jail looks like
simply because of their illness.”