Veterans, Mental Health Courts Ready to Launch in McLennan

Waco-Tribune Herald

By Tommy Witherspoon

The young man in his early 20s had no history of mental problems, so he did not know what to do when he started hearing voices and hallucinating. So he called 911 and asked for police to come over and help him. When officers arrived, the man, in the throes of his first onset of schizophrenia, was scared and confused, refused to come outside and became combative. An officer sprained his ankle in the dust-up, and the young mental health patient went to jail, charged with second-degree felony assaulting an officer instead of being taken to a mental facility.

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