"It confuses a lot of people," who then call screaming that they don't owe that much money, he said.
Services are billed on a sliding scale based on income, according to Horn. At your income level, you will pay NO MORE than $4,000 a year no matter what you run up in services, he said.
Horn said a night in the holding room at Behavioral Health usually adds up to around $1,000. That includes the cost of bringing in a psychiatrist to evaluate the patient.
If you don't have insurance, you can pay off the bill at $50 a month.
Having said that, we must tell you Mike Horn is a relative of the PROBE writer.
QUESTION: When I got a job at Wal-Mart I thought I could turn around my life. The day after Thanksgiving, I got my last welfare check. On my break at work, I cashed the check, wrapped the $500 in a $1 bill and stuck it in my pocket. I guess I lost the money on my way back to the check stand. I am a cashier.
Two hours later I discovered the money was gone. The store was super-packed that day with wall-to-wall people. I hoped somebody would return the money.
I know now that's not going to happen. Any hopes of anything for Christmas for my kids (two girls, ages 3 and 8 and a boy, 10 months) are gone. I can't pay the rent and we're going to end up on the street. I know now the world is full of dishonest people! — Frantic, Niland
We've found the world to be full of honest, caring people. That's how we, the careless types who jam $500 in cash in a pocket, survive.
But we believe in Christmas miracles. So, OK, if you found the money at Wal-Mart the day after Thanksgiving, take it back. A family needs it.
QUESTION: On Dec. 1 some Grinch stole our electronic reindeer in our front yard. What is Brawley coming to if you can't celebrate Christmas without some blankety-blank ruining it? — Grinched, Brawley
OK, Grinch, that does it. We thought it was bad when you kidnapped Santa Claus and left a ransom note scrawled on a piece of brown paper. But when you stoop to grabbing innocent electronic reindeer, you have gone too far. Bah humbug! Shame!