On May 11, 2021, the Tarrant County, Texas Commissioners Court voted to create a mental health jail diversion center (MHJDC) by October 1, 2021. The goal is to avoid detaining offenders picked up for non-violent, low-level crimes, such as criminal trespass, and divert them immediately to short-term treatment and linkages to community-based services. The county anticipates that the MHJDC will reduce the number of people with mental illness in the Tarrant County Jail daily population and in the criminal court systems. They also anticipate that the presence of the center will result in fewer visits to . . .