It will also allow counselors and other medical staff to have a place near the hospital, where people can walk in and have a place to go to during the day.
“The goal here is same-day access,” Beatty said.
Beatty explained to those present at commissioners court, when someone calls for mental health, statistically, each day that passes without the individual seeing a doctor the likelihood dramatically increases that the person won’t continue to seek help.
He said he is excited about the prospect of having an additional facility that will allow them to serve not only those with Medicaid, Medicare or insurance, but also the “working poor,” who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and can take advantage of some free services.
Pecan Valley has been drastically under funded the last two years, serving an average of 2,200 people a month on a budget designed for 1,335 individuals monthly. This has also force Pecan Valley to put around 86 adults on a wait list for care in the region, Beatty said. But he noted the state is finally starting to up their funding.
“[The reason we were over-serving] is not because we wanted to, but because of the need and the way the rules and regulations are written by the Department of State Health Services and Medicaid,” he said. “If some one [needs services] and has medicaid and meets our priority population – which we have a target population definition of who we can serve – then we have no choice but to admit that person. But [the DSHS] did give us some money to pull people off the waiting list, so it’s a step in the right direction. At least we’re not talking about less money. Typically we’re talking about cuts.
We did get a cut in our crisis fund, but not enough that it’s going to impact transportation contracts or any of the staffing.