El Paso Mental Health and Mental Retardation Agency Making Progress

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POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 8:54pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 9:14pm

EL PASO- The El Paso Mental Health and Mental Retardation Agency presented a status report to the County Commissioners Court today.

The new Board of Trustees has been in place for about eight months and have done well with their shrinking budgets. "They've found ways to reduce costs, become more efficient in how they're providing services. So provide the same level of service, but with fewer dollars to do it, said Chairman of the Board for MHMR Michael Wendt.

The agency had been facing hard times for the last couple years. "At budget time we were getting the MHMR CEO who would come to Commissioners Court and say that he needed X amount of money. Generally millions of dollars to prevent significant crises that would send our emergency rooms and our jail into really a state of crisis is how he described it, " said County Judge Veronica Escobar.

According to Wendt, this proved to be untrue. "People though perhaps we were in crisis that we were probably going to fail and that everything was gonna go under and it turned out fortunately that wasn't the case."

Judge Escobar was pleased with the agency's presentation today. "We now have a little money left, we're making investments in our fund balance and we are planning for the future, so that was music to my ears."

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