Galveston County Commissioners on Monday are set to vote on a budget proposal that would earmark $571,688 for the creation and management of a new mental health specialty court.

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Bonnie Farmer

The Mental Health Court is a great idea, but it is not a stand-alone solution. Perhaps I’ve missed the discussion about where those adjudicated will be sent for treatment and how treatment will be paid for? Are those arrangements part of the preparation and funding? My understanding is many, if not most, of those who will end up in the MHC wouldn’t be there if they had resources to seek and receive treatment/care on their own. Exceptions, of course. But, might this be a good time for developing a community approach to the problem. Involve local mental health agencies, such as Family Service Center and UTMB, for treatment and our generous local foundations for a public-private coalition to support treatment and funding. Hoping those involved are way ahead and these issues have been/are being addressed. Kudos to County Judge and Commissioners Court for taking action.

David Hardee

A criminal act MUST first go through the criminal DUE PROCESS. Consequently, all determinations whether the perp qualifies for this SPECIAL court will still burden the criminal court. This is simply building another bureaucracy. Another redundant application that explodes the cost and gets more of the public money. Efficiency of the existing system would achieve the result without the additional tax burden.

Stop these bureaucrats from building a special process where efficiency is the solution.

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