Behavioral Health

  • Legislative Top 10: Improving Mental Health Care Squeaks into Law

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    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.

    Check Out the Video  
  • TMA Testifies on Behavorial Health

    Texas Needs HB 10 and the Texas Behavioral Health Research Institute
    (Testimony by Uchenna Umeh, MD, Feb. 27, 2019)

    Fund the Safe and Healthy Schools Initiative
    Testimony Submitted by Michelle Romero, TMA
    Feb. 20, 2019

    Fund Texas’ Mental Health Services
    TMA Testimony by James Halgrimson, DO 
    Feb. 19, 2019

    Support the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium
    Testimony by Nhung Tran, MD
    Feb. 12, 2019

  • Senate All Ayes on Children’s Mental Health Bill

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    With a unified voice and a unanimous vote, the Senate passed a bill this week designed to identify children with mental-health needs and direct them to appropriate, timely treatment.

    A Unified Voice
    and a Unanimous Vote
  • TMA Backs School Mental Health Funds

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    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.

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  • Front Line: Using Primary Care To Prevent Suicide

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    Suicide is a growing health problem. With the U.S. and Texas facing a long-standing shortage of psychiatrists, there's real opportunity for primary care physicians to reach vulnerable patients.

    Screening Tools Commonly Used by Mental Health Professionals  
  • Ombudsman a Tool for Behavioral Health Patients

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    The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has created an ombudsman position to help your behavioral health patients understand their rights.

    Will This Help Patients?  
  • The Texas Legislature Makes Huge Strides in Improving Mental Health Care

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    Most public health measures languished in the 85th Texas Legislature, but those for mental health care stood out as a giant exception. Lawmakers passed more than a dozen bills aimed at improving mental health care. And at a time when most state budgets were slashed, funding for mental health care rose ― by a lot.

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