Harris County has one of the largest jails in Texas. About a quarter of inmates in the jail are on psychotropic medications, making it one of the largest mental health facilities in the state. In 2013, State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) sponsored Texas Senate Bill 1185 (SB 1185), which created a pilot program in Harris County to divert individuals with mental illnesses from the jail. The law appropriates $5 million annually to Harris County, which the county matches equally, to divert individuals from the jail with the goal of reducing arrests and incarceration and increasing access to housing and health and social services.
The Familiar Faces Initiative empowers communities to share data and integrate care options between health and justice systems so they can intervene earlier, improve outcomes and reduce incarceration and hospitalization rates.Learn More