Changes could be coming in how law enforcement is forced to deal with mental-health issues

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, who serves on several state boards on mental health, gave county commissioners a preview at the court’s May 22 meeting on what changes in the treatment of mental health in Texas will mean to the county. 

He focused on Senate Bill 292, which is intended to prevent recidivism caused by mental health issues.

SB 292 will provide money to jails for diversion projects, Wilson said, in part by funding workers through the LMHA, or Local Mental Health Authority in Waco, which has more access to the inmates. 

“The mental health issues across the state are huge,” Wilson told the court. “We’ve been battling them for several years down in Austin; we continue to battle them.”

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