We are a Texas-based organization, so it’s no wonder that this site has a Texas tag. However, Texas is a huge and diverse state, and much of what goes on here is applicable to people and communities throughout the nation. As a state with a uniquely visible political culture, two major research universities (The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University), and four of the 11 largest cities in the nation, there are many reasons for non-Texans to keep their finger on the pulse of the Lone Star State.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler on Wednesday evening is scheduled to join 155 counterparts from across the country in commemorating the National Mayors’ Mental Health Day of Action.
“In my community we’ve always been taught ‘how are you doing? I’m blessed and highly favored’ you never say anything negative because you never want to paint a picture that something is wrong,” said Austin resident Quevarra Moten.
Legislators have been under the gun from child welfare advocates and state leaders to use this session to make long-sought changes to how the state protects endangered children.
If you’re a Texas Panhandle resident, you may know our state representative, Four Price, is a lawyer, a father, a fourth-generation Texan and an extremely able legislator. But he’s also one of the state’s most effective and influential champions for improving mental health care.
In the meantime, high lead levels pose a threat to the long-term physical and mental health of children.
Taking a cue from lawmakers in other states, the Texas Senate on Thursday approved the new alert system for locating missing veterans and members of the military with a mental illness.