There have been many voices raised about the proposed transgender bathroom legislation in Texas. Plenty have written about the reasons these laws are a bad idea. Others have written about how these laws will provide safety. But there is another impact of such laws that is not getting much attention: the effect on school climate Read more
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.
Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville will close its 37-bed Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility effective Aug. 20, according to a statement from the Health System. Valley Baptist Director of Marketing Teri Retana said that the system remains committed to delivering mental health services to residents of the community, however, and that the Outpatient Intensive Program at VBMC Brownsville Read more
There is a devastating story to tell for every one of these maternal deaths. Several years ago, one of us, Donna Kruezer of Austin lost her daughter, Kristi, to postpartum depression – found to be a leading cause of maternal mortality by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force. In the aftermath of her Read more
marijuana – For years, Brian avoided seeking help for his depression and anxiety because he was afraid a doctor would either insist that he quit smoking pot or would refuse to treat him entirely. The idea of having to choose between medical treatment that he was unsure would work and the pot that he knew Read more
Over 20 million Americans and about 1 million Texans have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. They, by far, have the most at stake when the Senate considers repealing the law this week — perhaps with a replacement, perhaps not.
“The more people we can help not come back to jail, then that helps our community because now they’re productive citizens in our community, so they’re out there with jobs, they’re supporting their families, hopefully they’re not on welfare anymore and receiving state funded money, and then that’s gonna help our state, I mean…it just Read more
Children in the Galveston and Hill Country areas are going to be without state-funded speech, occupational and physical therapy services as two more providers prepare to leave the Early Childhood Intervention program.
Barbara Reed says she has reached out to 20 assisted living centers and nursing homes in the past week since being told that Westchester Plaza, the state’s largest assisted-living facility for Medicaid recipients, will close next month. Reed suffers from anxiety, a congestive heart condition, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and high blood pressure.
The struggle to properly treat all San Antonians suffering from mental illness is a crisis not many people know about.
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.
As parents and educators who know, love, teach and believe in the nearly 1 million Texas kids who have learning, physical, intellectual, sensory, behavioral or mental health disabilities, we will not stand by as these children are blamed for the failure of Texas elected officials to properly fund our schools, as their rights are whittled Read more
The Amarillo Police Department will increase mental health training for all their officers. Officer Jeb Hilton said mental health training became a top priority last year when Chief Ed Drain took control of the force.
On average, the Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team gets about 40 calls every week. Seventy percent of those involve a person who is contemplating or has attempted suicide.
Dell Medical School is committed to revolutionizing how people get and stay healthy, with a particular focus on serving the most vulnerable and underserved populations. We know that mental health is critical to sustaining physical health, and so the Department of Psychiatry is leading the medical school’s efforts to integrate mental health services within all Read more
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.
For Collin County residents suffering from a mental health crisis, the options were few — either an emergency room, an inpatient psychiatric facility, or police intervention usually resulting in jail time. But beginning Aug. 1, a new option will be in place.
As in the U.S., suicide rates in Texas have been on the rise, up by 23% since 2000. In addition to the personal and social tragedy of suicide, there are financial consequences, which were estimated at $4.264 million in lifetime medical and work-loss costs in Texas in 2014.
Researchers estimate our brains contain between 86 to 100 billion cells but some brains are more complex than others, especially those who struggle with depression, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders.
The maternity wards at all Christus Spohn Health System hospitals have worked over the last two years to better support new mothers through their postpartum period. Each mother delivering her child in a Christus Spohn Health System hospital undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to registered nurse and patient educator Amy Weinhoff.
I’ve known men to be confined in solitary less than one year and commit suicide. It’s not only the harassment, the terrible living conditions, cold food or the toxic water (see Comrade Malik’s “Texas Prisoners at Eastham Unit Challenge Contaminated Water and Deadly Heat in US Federal Courts”); it’s the other torture tactics implemented here.
About three-quarters of the 4.5 million Texans enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are kids, while the remaining beneficiaries are primarily pregnant women, seniors and people with disabilities. Medicaid covers more than half of all births in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the United States.
This agreement will benefit students seeking a master’s-level or above degree in healthcare after receiving their bachelor’s degree from Austin College. Students may choose from disciplines ranging from speech, language and hearing sciences, rehabilitation sciences, mental health, clinical laboratory sciences, nursing, medicine, pharmacy and public health.
Federal funds will be used to expand treatment and recovery services for opioid use disorders; provide training on substance abuse prevention, opioid overdose and drug misuse; and expand outreach screening and referral efforts for mental health agencies.
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.
A long-awaited Austin facility for people who’ve gone through a mental health crisis is one step closer to opening its doors. The new Guy Herman Center for Mental Health Crisis Care will hold an open house today and will start receiving patients at the end of the month.
According to 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt, nearly nine times the rate in the U.S. population (4.6 percent). Seven percent of trans respondents had attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 0.7 percent in the general population.
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.