Category: Legislation

Mental health reform has a chance of success

The House puts aside a budget of $152 million to fund the mental health reform, around $95 million for a committee’s recommendations. Rep. Four Price introduced around 20 bills dealing with mental health issues. Major mental health reform will be a reality in Texas if House leaders have any say about it. Last session, House […]

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 […]

Texas may face loss of mental health funding unless legislature acts

Bell Bell County – Ever since the 82nd Texas Legislature the state of Texas has been able to take advantage of the 1115 Texas Healthcare Transformation Waiver to help fund mental health services in the state. Now that funding could be coming to an end and some mental health services could end with it. Central […]

Texas Legislature’s Mental Health Committee Begins to Meet in Austin (#ClubhouseMentalHealth)

The Texas Legislature’s committee that is aiming to produce solutions to improving access to mental health services has begun to meet, Austin’s KXAN-TV reports. The Select Committee on Mental Health brought together healthcare providers, criminal justice experts, insurance companies, and county officials to discuss the problem. Access is sparse—185 of 254 Texas counties lack a […]

Sheriff Ron Hickman testifies in House Select Committee on Mental Health

“I’ve said it before: when the State of Texas does not provide sufficient solutions for addressing mental health, that fiscal burden is passed to County tax payers.” Good afternoon. Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Committee members for your invitation to join you and colleagues to discuss mental health and operation of the county and jails […]