FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/05/2015
REP. REYNOLDS PASSES BILL TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO THE FORT BEND COUNTY JAIL AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO VICTIMS OF MENTAL ILLNESS
AUSTIN (May 5, 2015)- Today, Representative Reynolds passed House Bill 2597, which will divert persons that suffer from mental illness from the Fort Bend County Jail and provide much needed assistance to the mentally ill. HB 2597 will create a Mental Health treatment for incarceration diversion pilot program for Fort Bend County.
“This pilot program will seek to provide treatment and residential assistance to those who need it most. By providing immediate assistance through crisis treatment intervention and subsequent residential treatment, the person who suffers mental health issues has a chance to gain the footing and life skills to re-enter society as a productive citizen, rather than continue to be a criminal and financial burden”, commented Representative Reynolds. Reducing the incarceration recidivism and providing productive citizens is the goal of this program.
Currently the treatment and helpful options for persons who suffer mental illness are few once the cycling begins through the incarceration system. “I was honored to work with County Commissioner Richard Morrison to be able to legislatively address these issues that the county was in need of resolving and concurrently, provide assistance to some of our most vulnerable citizens”, said Reynolds.
Representative Reynolds is currently serving his third term in the Texas House of Representatives. He is a member of the House Committee on Environmental Regulations and the House Elections Committee.