Please see the link below for an article about the potential closure of the South Texas Health Center Outpatient Clinic as a result of state budget cuts. At the request of state legislators, the Texas Department of State Health Services is being asked to cut its budget by 10 percent – closing the mental health clinic in Harlingen is one of the options being considered to achieve this reduction, which would result in 63 full-time employees being laid-off or reassigned. This closure would exacerbate the existing shortage of mental health professionals in rural Texas, making it even more difficult for mentally ill Texans to access much-needed treatment services. Perhaps this is to be expected in a state that ranks last in the U.S. for per capita mental health spending – NAMI Texas will be working hard to change that in the 2013 Legislative Session.
Here is the link to the article: http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=794021#.UD4b29ZlR2M