UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
There are approximately 800 psychiatric patients in McLennan county every year, needing inpatient treatment. Unfortunately, the facilities in Waco do not provide enough space for all these patients to get the treatment they need.
Due to this lack of space, law enforces have been transferring these patients to other cities, costing around 100 dollars per hour for each transport. A new system, however, allows Paladin Investigation and Security to transfer these patients for only 25 dollars an hour.
Tom Thomas, from Mental Health Mental Retardation Center in Waco says he hops this program will "allow law enforcement entities to have officers on the street, that might otherwise be pulled of and have to do transfers." Mr. Thomas says this will allow the officers to provide security and protection to the community like their designed to do.
MHMR will continue to provide as many inpatient services as possible, the officials say the worries of cost and lack of safety will be reduced. Those struggling with a mental crisis are still encouraged to contact MHMR, where a screening process will take place, and outpatient or inpatient treatment will be provided.