Tarrant County’s largest mental health center? The jail. Why that’s about to change

The Tarrant County Jail has an issue. It is the county’s largest provider of mental health care.

And with jails — and not just Tarrant County’s — becoming a revolving door for those with mental health needs, the cycle doesn’t seem to stop. For experts, it comes as no surprise as Texas ranks last among all states for access to mental health care.

“As far as urban counties, we’re behind,” county sheriff Bill Waybourn said about mental health care.