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Texas county brings common sense to mental health crisis

from Houston Chronicle

Medically and technologically, U.S. mental health advances in the past 50 years have been revolutionary. But applying those advances to law enforcement lags far behind — notably in Texas. Though administrators don't want it that way, the jail in Harris County, Texas is a de facto mental hospital. Almost 25 percent of its inmates, many of them nonviolent, suffer from mental illness requiring psychotropic medicines. more


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