The Hays County Commissioners Court approved a contract with Evoke Wellness on Jan. 2 to provide substance abuse treatment for adults participating in the Hays County Mental Health Court Program.

According to agenda documents, the agreement will be effect Jan. 2-Dec. 31 and renew automatically for one-year terms unless Evoke Wellness or the county gives 30 days or more written notice of not renewing.

The details

Evoke Wellness is a San Marcos-based addiction treatment center, which will provide residential, detox or intensive outpatient substance-use services. The center will also provide scholarships to five individuals per year that are free of cost to the individual and the county.

The Hays County Mental Health Court staff will complete a financial assessment with the court to assess if a participant has insurance and/or the ability to pay. If the court participant does have insurance accepted by Evoke Wellness, then the participant will be required to use that insurance to cover their costs.

Budget explained

The county has allotted $45,000 in American Rescue Plan Act grant monies, which will be used to cover the cost of treatment for court participants who do not have insurance, cannot pay their insurance copay or cannot pay out of pocket for treatment.

Notable quote

Mental Health Court Administrator Kaimi Mattila said they were excited to enter into this contract.

"We are excited to enter this contract with Evoke Wellness, which will ensure all participants in the mental health court who are in need of substance abuse treatment can access it in a timely and efficient manner," Mattila said.