Behavioral Health

  • COVID-19 Resources, All in One Place

    Alt Tag  

    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  

  • You Can Help Prevent Family Violence During COVID-19

    Alt Tag  

    Many families have had to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for some people, family violence and abuse means home is a dangerous place.

    How Can Medicine Respond?  
  • Need Help Treating Pediatric Patients With Mental Health Problems?

    Alt Tag  

    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.

    Find More Information Here  
  • How To Help Your Patients Manage COVID-19 Stress

    Alt Tag  

    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.

    What You Can Do to Help Patients' Mental Health During COVID-19  
  • House Will Study Behavioral Health, Early Childhood Intervention, and More

    Alt Tag  

    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.

    Read More Issues Here  
  • Legislative Top 10: Improving Mental Health Care Squeaks into Law

    Alt Tag  

    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

  • TMA Backs School Mental Health Funds

    Alt Tag  

    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.

    Under the Rotunda  
  • Ombudsman a Tool for Behavioral Health Patients

    Alt Tag  

    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?  
  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?