"Legislatively, the movement for treating mentally ill people is going from the state and it's going to local governments," [El Paso County Sheriff's Lt. Michaela] Hebeker told KFOX 14.See prior, related Grits posts:
Funding of mental health programs could turn into a monumental shift come January and the 82nd Texas Legislative session.
"We know that cuts are inevitable, but we want to make sure the cuts aren't made just for the sake of cuts that end up cost-shifting huge amounts to local communities, local tax payers," said Gary Larcenaire, CEO of El Paso Mental Health Mental Retardation.
Larcenaire said he's putting together a strong case for state legislators to keep the mental health funding that he said is so critical to El Paso.
He said if funding is cut for the local state hospital, for MHMR or other local entities, then mental health inmates will stay in the jail longer, and more mental health patients will end up in the UMC emergency room.
- Cuts to state mental hospitals would be massive unfunded mandate for county jails
- Lubbock considers in-house competency restoration for mentally ill defendants
- Mentally ill languish in Bexar jail awaiting assessment, competency restoration
- Cuts to state mental health treatment would shift costs to local jails
- Competency restoration often best performed on outpatient basis
- Cutting state psych hospital budgets could backfire
- Geo Group secretly snagged forensic psych hospital contract in budget conference committee
- Outpatient centers better solutions than jail for competency restoration
- Legislature's underspending on competency restoration beds creates havoc
- Priorities: Mentally incompetent inmates languishing in Texas county jails
- 75-year old mentally incompetent grandmother stranded in Lufkin jail most of 2006
- Legislature should prioritize mental health funding that relieves local jails
- Chincy state hospital funding leaves mentally incompetent defendants stranded
- Unfunded mandate: Counties struggle to pay for mentally incompetent defendants' care
- More counties grumbling at backlog of incompetent defendants in county jails
- When I was sick, did you imprison me?