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.

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  • 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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  • Mental Health Care in Emergency Departments

     
     

    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.

    Read Dr. Greenberg's Commentary in Texas Medicine  
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  • Behavioral Health Articles

    Texas Medicine Behavioral Health Symposium

    Doctors at Capitol

    “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.

    Read the Symposium
  • Integrating Behavioral Health Into Primary Care

     

    TMF Health Quality Institute’s Innovation Team has scoured medical literature for best practices, interviewed medical practices attempting to implement behavioral health into their workflow and taken the learnings from projects such as the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative to find the best information about how to be successful in integrating behavioral health into primary care.

    Read the White Paper