Ron Joy - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Ron Joy

Director of Strategy and Interdisciplinary Policy for Health and Public Safety

Ron has 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He began his career in 1989 with the Texas Department of Public Safety where he served in a variety of roles and locations throughout the state, retiring in 2020 as the Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol. As the Chief, he worked to develop leadership training throughout the state, preparing individuals for the challenging responsibilities of serving in such a diverse and expansive territory. In his tenure, the Texas Highway Patrol initiated numerous proactive measures to increase community relationships and accountability including school security initiatives, systems to identify and investigate biased based performance, and collaborative process for administering the consequences resulting from employee misconduct.

In his role at the Meadows Institute, Ron leads and contributes to an array of first response and law enforcement projects addressing officer health, wellness, and trauma and fatigue resiliency, emergency call center risk based mental health triage and response design, public safety mental health alternative response programs, police and community relationship development, and first response workforce development and performance.

Ron is a graduate of the 201st Session of the FBI National Academy. He lives in Lago Vista with his wife, and has two daughters and three grandchildren.