Economist: Mental Health Center would save EBR millions

If residents with mental illness and substance abuse problems were treated instead of jailed, East Baton Rouge government would directly save millions of tax dollars and accumulate secondary benefits, an economic analysis commissioned by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation concludes. Basing his research on an effective model in San Antonio, economist M. Ray Perryman calculates that an EBR jail diversion program would save $3 million in taxes in year one and $54.9 million over 10 years.