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Texas Counties and the Mentally Ill - Bridging the Gap

July 19, 2018
July 20, 2018

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Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
1101 Woodlawn Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78628
(737) 444-2700

The Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Justice Court Training Center.

According to a recent report from the Texas Judicial Council, approximately one million Texans experience serious mental health illness in a given year. Also reported, up to 24 percent of Texas inmates have mental health needs. Throughout the state, the responsibility to effectively deal with a rising mental health crisis, as well as shoulder its financial burden, often falls to the court system.

From Harris County's jail diversion pilot program to improving an overburdened competency restoration system, a great deal of progress has been made to help Texans with mental illness over the past decade. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

Bridging the Gap will include a concerted effort between justices of the peace, county judges and sheriffs to find creative solutions and take steps to solve these issues. This two-day conference, made possible by a Court Personnel Training Fund Grant, has been organized to help do just that.

Attendees, specifically judiciary and sheriffs, will learn about the types of mental illnesses, common transportation issues and what to do about them, how to use the jail intake form and will hear a number of success stories that could be emulated in other areas. 


This program is generously funded by a Court of Criminal Appeals grant. County judges may be reimbursed for attendance in accordance with the grant guidelines. For more information please call at (844) 265-8343.

Who Should Attend​

County judges, justices of the peace, and sheriffs are encouraged to attend.​​​​​​​​​​​