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One of the jobs of the Constitutional County Judge is Mental Health Court. That means that court can convene to hear mental health commitments and disposition cases. But what that usually means on a weekly and sometimes daily basis is the processing of court orders for “Emergency Detention”. I will have from 2 to 4 a month. But that fluctuates wildly. It can come during the weekday or at night or on a weekend. An “ED” is done when a mental health authority (usually Camino Real Community Services, based in Lytle) prepares a detailed diagnosis and court order indicating the individual is a danger to themselves or others. I read every diagnosis very carefully and am convinced that every order I have signed is getting treatment for someone who needs help. It is not my favorite part of the job but one I believe is very necessary.

     Camino Real Community Services and their mobile team (EMCOT) do a wonderful job and have some very dedicated personnel. If you think you need emergency services you can call their crisis hotline (24/7 at 1-800-543-5750). If you have a situation that is mobile you can take the person to “Atascosa – McMullen Mental Health Clinic” (830-769-2704) on a walk – in basis during weekly working hours. You can look up their locations over their 9 county region online. These people (EMCOT and A –M MH Clinic) do an amazing job for our county. Mental Health problems can attack anywhere and sometimes they are drug – induced.

     I am proud to be a part of this effort to aid some of our most vulnerable citizens.

     Thanks for listening.

     We want you to be proud of your County Government.

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