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Non-profit to commence county-wide mental health assessment

Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 22:59:52-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A news program launched on Tuesday to help those who suffer from mental illness. On Monday morning, County Judge Barbara Canales announce Nueces County is teaming up with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that offers guidance to improve mental health services in Texas. The group will conduct a county-wide mental health assessment over the next 6 months.

They will review all in-and-out patient services offered in Nueces County and look into how many mental health patients are in our jail. Several city, county, religious and mental health organization leaders were in attendance at the Tuesday gathering.

The group's findings will help leaders figure out how to help those who suffer from mental issues.

"We've never done it before. It might expose that we have some gaps. That's okay because that will be the truth, but what we do know is that we have amazing organizations that have dedicated decades of work in this arena. So, we're going to get to see where we're strong, where we need some attention and how we can put it all together," said Canales.

The assessment will end in March 2020.