Mental health hospital discussion slowed by COVID

Staff Report

Bringing a mental health hospital to Hays County remains a goal of County Judge Ruben Becerra who has been meeting with experts in the mental health field.

According to a Nov. 20 news release, such a facility has “long been a priority” for Becerra, but his focus was shifted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press release the county said that such a facility would “support our health care system, our criminal justice system, economic development and ultimately, all residents of Hays County.”

Becerra’s meeting was to be with community leaders, mental health stakeholders from the Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center and leaders from other counties who have been successful in bringing a mental health hospital to their jurisdictions.

The Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center is affiliated with Scheib Mental Health Centers, which is headquartered in Kerrville. According to its website, it maintains service coordination offices in Val Verde and Uvalde counties.

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