Mental Health

Get Involved in Mental Health Town Hall Discussions
Mental health issues can leave people feeling isolated and ashamed. To counter misconceptions about mental illness and help connect people with resources, the Texas Department of State Health Services launched Speak Your Mind Texas, a statewide conversation about mental health that help is available and recovery is possible. (Action, Aug. 1, 2014)

Updated Child Mental Health Guide Available
Physicians who provide mental health care to children and adolescents have an updated, valuable resource at their fingertips. The 2013 version of Psychotropic Medication Utilization Parameters for Children and Youth in Foster Care is available on the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) website. (Action, Dec. 17, 2013)

Protecting Patients, Society: State Mental Health Hold Law "Antiquated" (Texas Medicine, November 2013)
When Temple emergency physician Robert Daniel Greenberg, MD, encounters suicidal or homicidal patients, he doesn't have the legal authority to temporarily hold them. For example, if the parents of an unresponsive 19-year-old patient fear he'll commit suicide once he wakes up, Dr. Greenberg says he's powerless to temporarily detain him. He has to wait for a judge to issue an emergency detention order. (Texas Medicine, November 2013) 

Saving Minds, Saving Money: Mental Health Funding (PDF)
The proposed House and Senate budgets for 82nd Legislature reverse four years of mental health care investment. The proposed budgets call for significant cuts to mental health care throughout the budget and across several state agencies. (Feb. 17, 2011)

AG Supports Outpatient Mental Illness Coverage
State law requires group health benefit plans to cover, based on medical necessity, at least 60 visits per year for outpatient treatment of serious mental illness, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled in an opinion issued in late October. (Action, Nov. 3, 2008)

2007 Legislative Compendium: Mental Health 
In recent years, a growing number of business leaders, law enforcement officials, and civic groups have joined with medicine and mental health advocates to push for better coverage of and funding for mental health services. (Oct. 23, 2007)

2005 Legislative Compendium: Mental Health   
The mental health section of the compendium describes major issues that TMA tracked and the accomplishments - or close calls - of  each of the following: Mental Health Services for Women with Postpartum Depression; Discharge of a Minor from a Mental Health Facility; Mental Health Court; Patient Refusal of Psychoactive Medication; Support for Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant; and Mental Health Near Miss.


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