Hays County Commissioners Court approved a $25,000 contract on June 6 with Deblin Health Concepts & Associates to provide mental health services for adults participating in the Hays County Mental Health Court Program.

The specifics

According to agenda documents, Deblin Health Concepts & Associates offers Assertive Community Treatment services to support clients who are unhoused; have severe and complex mental health, substance use and social needs; or who may otherwise not be eligible to receive services through the program as structured.

Services include:
  • Intensive case management
  • Frequent psychiatry appointments
  • Nursing and medication management
  • Counseling
The services are financed through American Rescue Plan Act funds.

What they’re saying

The court is unable to serve individuals with increased needs, even if they meet the court’s criteria, because they do not have the services. But with the new contract the court has the opportunity to expand its services and allow them to bring in individuals who need to receive more support.

Mental Health Court Administrator Kaimi Mattila noted having more clinical staff to complete diagnostic reviews would help expedite the referral admission process.

“Right now it’s not as efficient as it could be, and having more clinicians that can do these assessments within a week turnaround would greatly increase our numbers and efficiency of the referral process,” Mattila said.

Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra said it would help the county with its outsourcing costs.

“I’m grateful that this is moving forward,” Becerra said.