The Harris County Psychiatric Center is not exclusively for juveniles, but the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department pays for 16 beds at a cost of $2.1 Million dollars per year. According to the Juvenile Probation Department Executive Director Tom Brooks, it’s money well spent– on sub-acute, severe mental health needs and treatment. Some of these kids are the offspring and result of a severe 90s crack epidemic. The point of the program is to treat these kids without criminalizing them and prevent them from becoming part of the juvenile justice system. According to Baylor University Faculty Dr. Dawnelle Schatte, the facility gets about 150 children out of the 20,000 juvenile arrests in the county per year.

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