Bills passed during the 85th Texas Legislative Session addressed a wide range of behavioral health needs, including building community collaboratives, ensuring mental health parity, advancing peer support services, improving child welfare and children’s mental health, and continuing efforts to de-criminalize mental illness.
The law has a tremendous impact on the mental health field and vice versa. Laws, both proposed and currently on the books, about everything from involuntary commitment and privacy rights to the insanity defense and housing law, are constantly being debated in the political arena, in judicial battles, and among law enforcement.
House Bill 242 would require the Texas Women’s Health Program to provide screening for the most common causes of maternal mortality: mental and behavioral health conditions, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and hemorrhaging.
The landmark Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha in March, 2017. As the new mental health legislation goes through implementation, there are still issues looming in the treatment and care of patients on the ground, and this is something that the implementation of the Act has not yet been able Read more
Largely focused on mental health, the law will divert people with mental health issues and substance mental illnesses to secure bond, and require that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths. Bland’s family has been critical of the law’s limited vision.
Medicaid Fraud: Austin psychologists, Cedar Park patient recruiter arrested in nationwide health care investigation
Two Austin psychologists and a Cedar Park patient recruiter are facing criminal charges after federal investigators accused them of a Medicaid kickback scheme involving children who had been removed from their homes by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
The L.A. Police Protective League is one of more than a dozen police unions nationwide — including those in New York, San Jose and Chicago — calling on the federal government to pay for crisis-intervention training, less-lethal devices and officers who team up with mental health professionals to respond to emergency calls.
In a case in which Texas set an execution date without notifying the death row inmate’s counsel, the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted his request for review of whether he is mentally competent to be executed.
China’s 2013 Mental Health Law prohibits admission of involuntary patients unless they pose a danger to themselves or others. The law also prohibits admitting or treating individuals without mental disease as patients.
Rhode Island is poised to be the fourth state in 2017 to ban the damaging practice.
It took approximately 45 minutes in McKinney, a conservative bastion in North Texas. It took about a half hour in Austin, the unapologetically liberal seat of state government. But no matter what, in a pair of town halls meant to address veterans’ issues this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced sharp questions about Republicans’ Read more
The now-mandatory course for all of the state’s roughly 16,000 officers — including corrections officers — will be part of the 40 hours of additional training they need every three years to be recertified for their jobs.
William Morva showed signs of mental illness long before he killed two men during an escape from custody in 2006, friends and family say. The case of the inmate, now 35, has pushed to the forefront the debate over whether people with mental illness should be shielded from the death penalty.
The police shooting death of Charleena Lyles has now led to new legislation introduced Wednesday in Olympia. Lawmakers behind the bill hope it would help law enforcement officers avoid the use of deadly force by adding mental health professionals as “co-responders.”
HPD shooting death – It’s by far the largest settlement to be reported in any case involving an unarmed person killed by police in Houston in years — but the lawsuit separately marks a kind of turning point for local civil rights leaders who described it as one of several cases that boosted public awareness Read more
One major part of fixing the opioid crisis is providing affordable mental health care coverage. The BCRA fails at this. If the plan goes into law, it could very well make the opioid crisis in this country substantially worse.
Carlos Ayestas, a mentally ill undocumented immigrant from Honduras, is arguing that a series of missteps by his trial lawyers led him to be sentenced to death in 1997 at the age of 28, without the jury hearing any mitigating evidence that could spare his life.
For Rep. Ina Minjarez, the work of passing mental health legislation was grueling, yet fulfilling. “It was tough, and that is what makes it that much sweeter,” she said, adding that the State has made progress toward strengthening mental health care throughout Texas.
As part of a federal consent decree, the Seattle Police Department has emphasized training in “crisis intervention,” which stresses techniques for lowering the tension when encountering people with mental illness or other cognitive problems.
A bipartisan group of governors are criticizing the Republican health care bill currently being crafted in Congress, arguing the legislation fails to protect the vulnerable and shifts the financial burden of coverage to the states.
Health advocates on Friday used the first meeting of President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis to criticize a bill that would slash future Medicaid spending and deregulate the health insurance market, arguing that the legislation would undermine whatever progress the panel could make.
The Sandra Bland Act mandates county jails divert people with mental health and substance abuse issues toward treatment, makes it easier for defendants to receive a personal bond if they have a mental illness or intellectual disability, and requires that independent law enforcement agencies investigate jail deaths.
Governor Greg Abbott vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allowed Texas counties to create a public defender office to serve defendants with mental health disorders.
mental health and guns – It’s unclear whether James T. Hodgkinson suffered from mental illness. And that issue leads to another hard question: Whether and how the mentally ill should be able to access firearms.
Senate health-care bill – Before the ACA became law in 2010, many plans did not provide coverage for dental and vision care for children, maternity care, substance use disorder treatment (such as opioid addiction treatment), mental-health care or prescription drugs. Senate Republicans would let states permit insurers to decide not to cover those services again.
criminal justice system – The ruling by Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordered the county to begin releasing jail inmates accused of misdemeanor crimes who cannot afford bail, except for those who have other restrictions, such as mental health evaluations or federal detainers.
What is the real purpose of these boards in psychology, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy? To divide up the market for helping services among a few cartels that drive their competitors out of business.
cyberbullying law – The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their district bullying policies and notify a child’s parents if he or she is a victim or alleged aggressor of bullying, the governor’s office said.
legal services for asylum seekers – “The overwhelming majority of clients served by Dilley Pro Bono Project have experienced severe forms of trauma, including child abuse, rape, incest, and domestic violence,” the statement said.
It is regrettable that it took the loss of a young adult with a promising future to focus state attention on this festering problem in Texas jails. Texas lawmakers need to expand on the Sandra Bland Act in future legislation sessions.