Mental health cops help reweave social safety net in San Antonio
Resource Type: Video or Multimedia
Focus Population: Behavioral Health Leaders, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement, People with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Crisis Response System, MHSA, Program Funding, Mental Health Treatment, Mobile Crisis Unit
Recent studies show that across the United States, jails hold 10 times as many people with serious mental illness as state hospitals do. To deal with the problem, Bexar County in Texas transformed their mental health system into a program considered a model for the rest of the nation. This story shows the progress made in this region, as of 2014 [when the piece came out] when inmate numbers dropped, and the county saved $50 million over five years following the change.