Thank you, Sen. Schwertner, for being a champion of Texans with mental health challenges

Mental health policy in Texas is undergoing tremendous, positive change — and it’s happening relatively quickly. The 85th Legislature passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills. The new laws will impact a broad range of Texans, from children in foster care to veterans with post-traumatic stress to early intervention for children in poverty.

New Studies Spur Military To Consider Yoga As Mental Health Treatment For Veterans

Dr. Lindsey Hopkins recently chaired a session highlighting new research on yoga’s influence in fighting depression. In a series of studies seeking to find hard data on the question of its efficacy, she found the answer to be an unequivocal yes — so much so that the U.S. military is now looking into incorporating it Read more

Restore GI Bill benefits for veterans with career-ending PTSD

A recent government study concluded that about 12 percent of service members who left the military between 2011 and 2015 did so with a discharge type that will make them unable to access Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Within that group, more than 55,000 had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or related Read more

Cruz speaks at McKinney town hall

The Texas Republican expressed concern for the U.S. military, national defense and fiscal responsibilities within the government to provide better health care for veterans. Misty Hook, a locally practicing psychologist and small-business owner, expressed her concerns about reimbursement issues as a health care professional caring for veterans and their mental health in a system where Read more

As the VA starts mental health care for ‘bad paper’ veterans, critics say it’s not enough

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that it would begin offering emergency mental health services to veterans with other-than-honorable discharges. The change acknowledges the population of veterans has been denied needed care, but it doesn’t go far enough, according to a statement from Vietnam Veterans of America, which has advocated for years on behalf Read more

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