Rise in people suffering from mental illness in Texas

Rise in people suffering from mental illness in Texas


THE ONE BILLION DOLLAR FIX áPROPOSEDá BY SOME LAWMAKERS. THAT’S HOW MUCH THEY ARGUE IT WOULD TAKE TO TREAT MORE PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESS IN TEXAS.THAT FIX COULD WIND UP HAVING A BIG IMPACT ON THOSE WAITING IN JAIL FOR A HOSPITAL BED AND YOUR TAX DOLLARS.TODAY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED AT THE STATE CAPITOL TO RALLY FOR THIS PROPOSED FUNDING.KATE WEIDAW IS LIVE AT THE AUSTIN STATE HOSPITAL WITH MORE.LIKE MANY OF THE STATE HOSPITALS THIS ONE THAT IS MORE THAN 150 YEARS OLD.IT HAS JUST SHY OF 300 BEDS AND AT ANY TIME IT IS FULL.BECAUSE OF THAT THE TRAVIS COUNTY JAIL HAS ENDED UP HAVING TO FIND WAYS TO TREAT THOSE SUFFERING FROM MENTAL ILLNESSIN FACT THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TOLD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS LAST YEAR THAT OVER A 10 YEAR SPAN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING TREATED FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES HAS GONE UP FROM 250 TO 650 PEOPLE PER MONTH.THAT’S LED THE TRAVIS COUNTY JAIL TO SET ASIDE MORE BEDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAN THE STATE HOSPITAL HERE IN AUSTIN AND THE JAIL HAS BECOME THE LARGEST PROVIDER OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE COUNTY. THIS SESSION – SENATE BILL ONE PROPOSES TO PUMP ONE BILLION DOLLARS INTO FIXING UP STATE HOSPITALS TO ALLEVIATE THIS OVERCROWDING AND SAVE ON TAXPAYER DOLLARS.”I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT FOLKS IN JAIL WAITING FOR A BED HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME.””BUT THAT’S NOT OKAY FOR FOLKS TO BE HOUSED IN A JAIL WHILE THEY WAIT FOR A STATE HOSPITAL BED WE NEED SOME RETHINKING.”MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCATES SAY THIS FUNDING WOULD BE INCREDIBLY POSITIVE FOR THE STATE HOSPITAL SYSTEM BUT THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT OTHER ISSUES LIKE CPS, EDUCATION, AND BORDER SECURITY THAT MAY LESSEN THAT PROPOSED FUNDING.THAT’S WHY HUNDREDS OF ADVOCATES WILL BE RALLYING ON THE SOUTH STEPS AT 12:30 TODAY AND THEN THEY WILL MEET WITH LAWMAKERS.THEY WILL ALSO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR A HOUSE BILL THAT’S PROPOSING ABOUT $162 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR THINGS LIKE PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION PROGRAMS.JOHN,

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