Persistent mental illness and substance abuse are a devastating disruption to a person's life that separates and isolates the person and sometimes their families from normal life. 1 in 5 American adults suffer from mental illness and/or substance abuse which translates in roughly 90,000 citizens in Williamson County. Texas is in last place among states in spending on mental health/substance abuse and so we focus our state's resources on hospitalization, rehab, and crisis care. There are very few long term recovery options to help people find ways to get out of this vicious cycle and become a productive, independent, happy part of our community again.
Not only does this situation often put unbearable pressure on our families and communities, there is the economic cost to our county as well. Lost wages and productivity, expensive hospitalizations, homelessness, and criminal justice involvement add up to an estimated annual $300 million dollar impact for Williamson County.