As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.
COVID-19 Resource Center
The restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic have created unique challenges for children and teens, including isolation from friends and classmates, uncertainty about the future, and concerns about health and safety.
As a physician, what can you do to check on your patients’ mental well-being during COVID-19, even if you’re not a behavioral health specialist? A new frequently-asked questions (FAQ) document and podcast published by the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force provide answers to many questions you might have.
Among a number of health care-related topics, the Texas House of Representatives during the interim “off” year in 2020 will study the state’s behavioral health system, child trafficking prevention, and the effect of technology and “big data” on insurance. House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) recently released the chamber’s interim charges.
Political maneuvering late in the Texas Legislative session saved efforts to improve the effectiveness of and access to behavioral health care in Texas. Today’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video looks at the moves to save Senate Bill 10, which will provide community-level health treatment programs, and mental health research.
Texas Needs HB 10 and the Texas Behavioral Health Research InstituteTestimony by Uchenna Umeh, MD, Feb. 27, 2019
Fund the Safe and Healthy Schools InitiativeTestimony Submitted by Michelle Romero, TMAFeb. 20, 2019
Fund Texas’ Mental Health ServicesTMA Testimony by James Halgrimson, DO Feb. 19, 2019
Support the Texas Mental Health Care ConsortiumTestimony by Nhung Tran, MDFeb. 12, 2019
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III (which covers education) met yesterday, giving TMA the chance to submit testimony supporting the Texas Education Agency’s Safe and Healthy Schools Initiative, known as Rider 74. Rider 74 would appropriate $37 million to equip Texas public schools with the resources needed to improve student mental health.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has created an ombudsman position to help your behavioral health patients understand their rights.
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