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.
Black males were 32 % less likely to receive psychiatric treatment than white males, with no differences between white and Hispanic males, or any female subgroups.
Texas lawmakers will soon consider a bill to make San Antonio a national leader in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) research and treatment.
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst is pledging to fund rural mental health authorities’ jail diversion programs. Although the amount of funding hasn’t been determined yet, Kolkhorst got a placeholder in the Senate’s budget on Thursday.
Major mental health reform will be a reality in Texas if House leaders have any say about it. Last session, House Speaker Joe Straus named a mental health select committee to study and recommend ideas to reform the antiquated state mental healthcare system. Read more.
In a rare showing of bipartisan unity, Republican Congressman Will Hurd from San Antonio and Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso held a joint meeting Monday to talk about veterans affairs. Read more.
A new report warns that Texas rural health could be hit hardest under a Congressional plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It found that proposed funding cuts to the Medicaid program, which already is operating at a minimal level in Texas, could force many rural hospitals to close, leaving hundreds of thousands of Read more
While about 3 percent of U.S. adults suffer from a severe mental illness, they make up a quarter to one-half of all fatal law enforcement encounters, according to the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center. At SXSW 2017, the founders of RideAlong hope to prevent such tragic incidents by equipping police with information that will ultimately divert Read more
A Magnolia lawmaker hopes a group study can help tackle a perceived problem with first responders’ access and use of mental health services. State Rep. Cecil Bell filed House Bill 1794, which would create the Work Group on Mental Health Access for First Responders, a proposed 14-person panel that will study different issues related to Read more
A bill aimed at expanding protections for minorities and the mentally ill took one step closer to being made law after gaining a sponsor in the Texas Senate Friday. House Bill 2702, aka the Sandra Bland bill, had already been filed by Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston. Read more.
The two-day conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Dan Siegel and will bring together over 650 professionals and organizations to learn about trauma and trauma-informed care.
Therapist Assisted Online, the counseling center’s newest form of treatment, has provided students with an alternative form of mental health treatment since the fall semester and is set to reach more students this spring.
The transgender-specific services were a logical extension of the organization’s larger mission, a product of growing recognition of the LGBTQ community’s needs, and are intended as repudiation of the tone set at the Capitol.
The pilot could lead to Harris County becoming the first county in Texas to make legal representation available at all hearings where bail is set.