Jennifer DeShaw, JD - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Jennifer DeShaw, JD

Senior Project Manager for Policy Implementation

Jennifer has six years of experience working closely with the Texas Legislature. She has a strong background in health and human services policy focused on children’s mental health, economic stability programs, and health systems as well as family law and juvenile justice policy.

Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, Jennifer was a Policy Research Specialist and Bill Analysis Reviewer for the Texas Legislative Council. In this position, she worked collaboratively to assist legislators and their staff with complex research requests and delivered findings to support public policy development and bill drafting. This role also provided her with the opportunity to serve as a Maternal and Child Health Fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In her role at the Institute, Jennifer supports the work of the Policy Implementation Team, including efforts related to achieving the goals of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium, collaborative care-related initiatives, and community mental health needs assessments.

Jennifer received her law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston and her Bachelor of Arts degree in government from The University of Texas at Austin.