DALLAS (WBAP 24/7 News) - Dallas County Commissioner and mental health advocates gathered Thursday to push Texas legislators to provide more funding for mental illness and substance abuse treatment.
Price hosted a news conference calling for Texas to improve on its 49th-place ranking (above only Idaho) in mental health spending. The state spends $38.99 per person compared witht he national average of $125.
"We're asking for adequate funding," said Price, who leads Dallas County's Behavorial Health Leadership Team.
Also in attendance was State Sen. Royce West, who assured the group that the issue will be one of his priorities when the Legislature convenes in Austin next week.
Several stakeholders spoke of the effects of mental health on the criminal justice system, calling jails last resorts and alternatives to mental health treatment.
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