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2021 Annual Report

In the midst of COVID, 2021 saw spikes in already-high rates of anxiety and depression, particularly among young people. However, it was also a year in which we showed an ability to rise to the challenge and help people get better.

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Mental health statistics
50% of adolescents have experienced a mental health disorder*
Leading cause of death among youth ages 10 - 24 is suicide**
*National Institute of Mental Health
**Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How we work

The Meadows Institute is committed to helping Texas become a national leader in treating all people with mental health needs

Systems Transformation

We support the implementation of state policies and programs that bring together diverse mental health resources, services, and communities to drive change. See the partnerships we’ve established and the change we’ve helped create in communities across Texas.

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Policy Guidance

We provide independent, non-partisan, and trusted behavioral health policy and program guidance to legislators, state agency executives, and their staffs, moving toward a goal of ensuring all Texans can obtain effective, efficient behavioral health care when and where they need it.

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Awareness: Okay to Say™

Changing perspectives about mental illnesses and those who live with them increases avenues to treatment and the possibility of recovery. Through education, raising awareness, and starting conversations, we’re making an impact in Texas and beyond.

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Putting Policy into Practice®

The Hackett Center for Mental Health

The Hackett Center is a catalyst for change in Greater Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast: incorporating behavioral and mental health care policies in schools, involving key lawmakers to secure $100 million for children’s mental health integration, and expanding research affecting workplace education on mental health.

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Driving Change

How we're building a brighter future for Texas

Case Study Highlight

COVID-19 White Paper Series

SUMMARY – In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Meadows Institute emerged as a trusted source for data-driven projections regarding the outbreak’s effect on our economy and the resulting mental health impacts. White papers detailing the recession’s impact on suicide and drug overdose deaths helped frame a national discussion and kept federal, state, and local policy makers informed.

Recent Projects

Updated on:
June 29, 2020

Transforming Police Responses to Mental Health Emergencies: Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team (RIGHT Care)

SUMMARY - The RIGHT Care Program is a data-driven approach to emergency mental health crisis response that is helping transform criminal justice and health...

Updated on:
May 29, 2020

Harris County Community-Based Care Comprehensive Assessment & Environmental Scan

SUMMARY - This assessment and environmental scan is intended to serve as a resource for the Houston Community as it improves their foster care...

Priority areas

All people deserve mental health care, when and where they need it.

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