The Center for Health Care Services could soon see expansion
San Antonio- Bexar County and The Center for Health Care services are taking steps toward addressing the need for more mental health services in the community.
“They need some help,” Arthur Guerra.
Arthur Guerra sees the need for more mental health services in Bexar County.
Now, a 22 million dollar investment could be going towards a brand new Center for Health Care Services on the city's west side.
The New facility will sit on west Commerce Street in an effort to tackle the growing need of mental health services in Bexar County.
“Immediately we would be able to see about 3,500 in the new facility,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
Future expansion would allow the facility to assist up to 4,500 people.
In addition to providing mental health assistance, the Center for Health Care Services also assists people with substance abuse and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Bexar county judge Nelson Wolff says diagnosing mental illness and early treatment is vital.
“You see a lot of suicides so that's a danger. Possible danger to others if you get into psychotic episode,” said Judge Wolff.
He says regardless of a person’s mental illness background every step towards addressing the need for mental health services is key.
“Anything we can do to treat early and diagnose early you're much better off,” said Judge Wolff.
“It'll help them, it'll help them a lot,” said Guerra.
Judge Wolff says he expects the project to get approved at the next commissioner’s court meeting on October 18th.
He says Bexar County could see the new facility open as early as 2018.