In 2013, of the approximately 8,700 individuals placed in emergency detention by the San Antonio Police Department, nearly all – 90% – were taken to area emergency rooms. At a cost of approximately $1,500 per emergency room visit, the expense to area hospitals was nearly $12,000,000. Data for 2014 indicates a 5% increase in the numbers of person placed in emergency detention – and this does not even account for figures from the Bexar County Sheriff’s office and the suburban police departments! In the Bexar County, there’s only one service that meets the behavioral health requirements of patients, hospitals, and the State of Texas: Blue Transport.
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