The Sheriff of Lubbock testified on behalf of mental health funding arguing that the lack of mental health treatment in the state leads to increasing crime. The biggest psychiatric facility in the state is the Harris County jail (2,000 inmates are on medication). There has been a 10 year relationship between between Lubbock law enforcement and the state mental health agency. “Every officer is required to have a relationship with MHMR (Mental Health and Mental Retardation),” said the Sheriff. “Even if this doesn’t save money this should be done because it is the right thing to do,” he said.
Interesting place for a progressive and proactive approach to mental health. Way to go Lubbock!