ODESSA FIRE RESCUE, THE RED CROSS AND THE SALVATION ARMY SET UP A WARMING SHELTER INSIDE THE BOYS GYM AT ECTOR COLLEGE PREP SUCCESS ACADEMY LOCATED IN THE SOUTHSIDE OF ODESSA, TO ACCOMODATED THE HOMELESS OR THOSE TRAVELERS THAT NEED A WARM PLACE TO STAY DURING THE EXPECTED BAD WEATHER. (JOEY WHITE, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIIEF, ODESSA FIRE RESCUE) APPROXIMATELY 50 COTS ARE SET UP ON THE GYM FLOOR, AND MORE WILL BE SET UP AS NEEDED. THE RED CROSS WILL BE PROVIDING MEALS. SHOWERS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOL. (JOEY WHITE, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIIEF, ODESSA FIRE RESCUE) PERSONS SEEKING THE WARM SHELTER MUST HAVE THEIR TEMPERATURE CHECKED BEFORE ENTERING ECTOR COLLEGE PREP SUCCESS ACADEMY. (JOEY WHITE, ASSISTANT FIRE CHIIEF, ODESSA FIRE RESCUE) FOR DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS, DANNY BARRERA
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Landgraf, Craddick Join Forces to Bring Behavioral Health Center to the Permian Basin
AUSTIN — Senate Bill 8, legislation directing how the state will spend federal dollars allocated to Texas under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, was passed out of the House and Senate on Monday. The legislation includes $40 million for a behavioral health center that will be constructed and operated by the hospital districts of Midland and Ector County. State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) and State Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland) worked together to ensure the funding was included in the final version of the bill.
“This $40 million to construct a new mental health hospital will improve quality of life in Odessa, Midland and throughout the Permian Basin. Russell Tippin and Russell Meyers worked together, Rep. Tom Craddick and I worked together and Odessa and Midland worked together on this. I’m thankful we were able to get this done for our region that desperately needs better access to mental health services,” Landgraf said.
The center will include 100 inpatient beds and outpatient psychiatric care facilities, along with a crisis stabilization unit, professional offices, and counseling and therapeutic spaces appropriate for all ages.
Texans who live in the Permian Basin currently have to drive to Lubbock or San Angelo to access similar care.
“In the weeks and months after the August 31, 2019 mass shooting, local leaders in Odessa and Midland identified the need for additional behavioral and mental health services in our region. COVID-19 put that discussion on hold momentarily. I’m thankful that we kept the drum beat going, and that our communities have come together to accomplish this important goal. I’m proud of our work together,” Landgraf added.
Senate Bill 8 now heads to the governor’s desk for signature, the final stage in the legislative process. If SB 8 is signed into law, it is expected that the Permian Basin behavioral health center will be completed by 2024.