The Mission city council approved a partnership with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance for a juvenile offenders’ treatment facility Monday.
The treatment facility will be geared towards juvenile offenders who need counseling for drug, alcohol or mental problems.
The partnership would allow the city of Mission to send at-risk children, between the ages of 10 and 16, over to DHR to receive counseling.
Mission officials, either officers or judges, see approximately 100 children go through the justice system in a month.
“On the mental health, mental retardation side, and…drug abuse and alcohol abuse–it’s always difficult to find programs like this in South Texas,” said Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez.
The treatment facility will be inside a Doctors Hospital at Renaissance building in Mission.
Some funding is available, but DHR is still looking for federal money to kick-off the program, according to Chief Rodriguez.