Policy UpdatesTexas House Committees on Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence

Texas House Committees on Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence

SUMMARY – During the 85th Legislative Interim, the House Committees on Corrections and Criminal Jurisprudence held a joint hearing. Senior Director of Smart Justice B.J. Wagner presented to the joint committees on the Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team (RIGHT Care).

41%

interactions in the first 120 days of implementation that resulted in linkages to care*

$37.5 million

funding provided by SB 292 (85R) to reduce recidivism, arrest, and incarceration among individuals with mental illness*

*as of date of testimony

MMHPI’s Senior Director of Smart Justice B.J. Wagner provided testimony to the joint committees during which time she provided an overview of the RIGHT Care program and preliminary analysis on call data provided by the Dallas Police Department, Parkland Hospital, and Dallas Fire-Rescue of the first 120 days of deployment.