SAN ANTONIO – The opioid epidemic is a growing problem across the nation, and now Bexar County is expanding a treatment program for those who are addicted.
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, along with Pct 2. Commissioner Justin Rodriguez and TJ Mayes, chairman of the Bexar County Opioid Task Force, announced an expansion of the county’s mental health program.
The medication-assisted treatment pilot program will help people who battled opioid addiction behind bars and are reentering the community while under the supervision of a judge. The program will begin at booking, and go through incarceration and continue upon release.
The Bexar County Task Force is also getting approval for a syringe services program.
Bexar County has requested and been granted funding for the 18-month program, and anticipates it will serve 100 individuals over the course of the pilot program.
A news release said case managers will facilitate the delivery of the treatment and assist with social services such as transportation, housing and employment.
All services will be delivered while the individual is on community supervision and under the jurisdiction of a Court.