Texas has made great strides in increasing access to community-based behavioral health care services. But physicians must have the authority to responsibly protect patients in our emergency departments who may be a danger to themselves or others.
Millions of Texans -- children and adults, are living with a behavioral health disorder. As leaders of the mental health team, psychiatrists and other physicians have a key role in informing policymakers of the cost effective benefits of investing in a strong and accessible behavioral health system for Texas.
“There is no greater challenge to the health and well-being of Texans than mental illness and substance abuse,” writes David Lakey, MD, immediate past-commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Texas Medicine’s issue on mental health aims to educate physicians of all specialties on how to manage and treat mental health.
Texas has expanded community-based support for those with a mental illness who have been charged with nonviolent crimes. These programs are cost effective as they offer the support needed by individuals that are caught in the revolving door of untreated mental illness and incarceration.
It's no surprise Texas is lacking in mental health professionals. A statewide survey sheds light on just how dire the situation is.
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