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2 Presented by Amanda Jones, JD Legislative Coordinator Harris County Office of Legislative Relations

3 Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS) proposed $134 million cut to mental health services & $3.8 million cut to substance abuse treatment. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice also proposed cuts to residential and community- based substance abuse treatment programs of more than $47 million & $4 million cut to services for special needs offenders. 2

4 Texas spends more for mental health services at the institutional than community-based level. Costs at the state mental hospitals account for almost ½ of all mental health funding. (FY Appropriations Bill.) 3

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10 869 nonviolent, mentally ill defendants took up an estimated 125,190 forensic bed days in FY nonviolent, mentally ill defendants took up an estimated 125,190 forensic bed days in FY Texas may spend an estimated $129 million to restore the competency of 1,738 criminal defendants over the next biennium. Texas may spend an estimated $129 million to restore the competency of 1,738 criminal defendants over the next biennium.

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