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Texas has a serious mental health problem

There are a lot of upsetting numbers laid out in the new report on mental health from the Texas Judicial Council, chaired by Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht. Texans who experience serious mental illness in a given year: 1 million Texans with substance use disorders: 1.6 million Emergency room and justice system costs to […]

First-of-its-kind facility in Central Texas moves forward to address homelessness and mental health issues

Rendering courtesy of Integral Care’s Housing First Oak Springs Austin—Integral Care announced today that it will soon break ground on Housing First Oak Springs, a multi-story permanent supportive housing community, developed on the principles of Housing First, an approach designed to address the needs of homeless individuals with mental illness. Construction is slated to break ground […]

Local state senator files bill to help recruit psychiatrists to Texas

AUSTIN – A local state senator has proposed a measure that could help Texans get mental health treatment faster. The following is a press release from Senator Charles Schwertner’s office: Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 674, legislation requiring the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to create an expedited licensure process that would allow out-of-state […]

Restoration Center: San Antonio’s answer to mental health

SAN ANTONIO — The plan was simple: instead of arresting the mentally ill for crimes, treat them for their illness. Keep them out of the jails and emergency rooms and instead provide them with a one-stop shop where they can be treated with psychiatric care, counseling and rehabilitation. The plan in this Texas city was to help […]

San Angelo Clubhouse to continue work in new home

The old Float 404 Tapas Bar building is getting new tenants. The San Angelo Clubhouse, a nonprofit program under the umbrella of the MHMR Services of the Concho Valley, is setting up a members-only clubhouse for adults with mental illness. “It’s new to San Angelo, but it’s an organization that has been around for 70 […]

Prelude Clubhouse Hosts Volunteer Luncheon

Prelude Clubhouse hosted its first volunteer luncheon on January 14 at the Vintage Church in McKinney.   Prelude’s president John Hoelzel welcomed all of the potential volunteers and introduced the board to the group.  Acting Director, Diana McEwen gave an overview on Prelude Clubhouse’s startup plans and how volunteers would greatly enhance the operation.  Other board […]

Nelson files base budget bill in Senate

AUSTIN — The first draft of the Senate version of the state budget was filed Tuesday, setting the baseline for the coming negotiations on how the state should spend money and meet critical needs. The bill, SB 1 by Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, would spend $103.6 billion in state revenue over the next two […]

County mental health program offers second chance for offenders

Judge Coby Waddill’s courtroom was more crowded than usual at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Roughly 30 people in County Criminal Court No. 5 watched Waddill congratulate the first two graduates of the Denton County Mental Health Treatment Court, a program that gives certain offenders with mental illness a chance to have their crime completely wiped from […]