Topics Tag: Legislative

May 6, 2021

Great progress, challenges mark Mental Health Awareness Month 2021

Mental Health Awareness Month is a time when we turn our attention toward the importance of improving mental health care while reducing the stigma associated with it. The mental health needs of people across the…

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March 4, 2021

CEO Andy Keller Testifies on COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts, Recommendations

AUSTIN – Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute President and CEO Andy Keller, PhD, presented invited testimony to the Texas House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Article II, Thursday morning about the significant mental health impacts of…

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August 13, 2020

Here’s how Texas must prepare for long battle with COVID-19 mental health issues

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health in our country — from anxiety to depression to suicide — will require a robust response from federal, state and local officials. As the sharp…

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June 17, 2020

Texas legislature should put mental health funding first during pandemic

When the Texas Legislature convenes in January, there will be no shortage of coronavirus-related issues demanding action, from the many hours of lost instructional time for our students to a surge in Texans who have…

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May 20, 2020

MMHPI Statement on Leadership’s Preservation of Behavioral Health Funding Amidst Budget Reductions

Today Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) President and CEO Andy Keller issued the following statement regarding the preservation of behavioral health funding levels amidst agency budget reductions: “Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Speaker…

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April 29, 2020

Texas better positioned to support children’s mental health

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and The Hackett Center for Mental Health are working with providers, advocates, and state leaders who remain focused on the well-being of Texas children, despite the pandemic. Well in…

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January 13, 2020

TTUHSC El Paso receives $165k to help launch new mental health program for youngsters

The Paso del Norte Health Foundation recently awarded Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso a $165,000 grant to assist with the launch of a program to improve mental health care for children and…

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December 21, 2019

Sen Nelson speaks at White House Summit

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, served as a panelist this week at the White House Summit on Transforming Mental Health Treatment to Combat Homelessness, Violence, and Substance Abuse to discuss innovative ways Texas…

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June 6, 2019

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Applauds Signing of SB 11 & HB 18

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) today applauded Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of SB 11 and HB 18, historic legislation which will improve access to effective mental health care from the family doctor, provide…

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May 26, 2019

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Applauds Passage of Historic Mental Health Legislation

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) applauded the final passage of SB 11, which will improve access to mental health care from the family doctor, expand the mental health workforce, and provide real-time help…

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April 17, 2019

Post-Harvey survey shows that mental health problems are pervasive

The Hurricane Harvey Registry revealed something researchers have known for decades: natural disasters contribute to mental health problems. The registry’s recently announced initial findings showed nearly two-thirds of respondents experienced Harvey-related mental health difficulties,...

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June 27, 2018

MMHPI Applauds Sen. Jane Nelson’s Initiatives to Strengthen Texas’ Mental Health System

On June 26, Sen. Jane Nelson announced plans for legislation to strengthen the state’s mental health system. This included creating a consortium to help coordinate state mental health initiatives across health-related institutions of higher education,…

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June 12, 2017

Texas Mental Health Professionals Encouraged to Apply for Loan Repayment Assistance

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals is currently accepting applications for student loan repayment assistance. The funds are available for certain eligible mental health professionals providing care…

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November 11, 2016

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Recognizes State Leadership for Their Work to Support the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program

This Veterans Day, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute honors the men and women who served our country, and, especially, their families. We also want to recognize the Texas Legislature and our state leaders, especially…

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November 5, 2016

Okay to Say™ Recognizes State Rep. Garnet Coleman’s Efforts for Raising Awareness Around Mental Health Issues with Leadership Award

Okay to Say™, a community-based awareness campaign committed to expanding the conversation around mental health issues, recognized Texas State Representative Garnet Coleman with the inaugural Okay to Say Leadership Award for his dedication and tireless…

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May 17, 2016

Celebrating Two Years & Looking Forward

The Institute’s first year solidly established its leadership and team infrastructure, priorities, and reputation as a trusted resource. Its second year concentrated on statewide policy work, community engagement projects, and the launch of Okay...

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May 4, 2016

Okay to Say™ Launches in Amarillo as National Mental Health Awareness Month Begins

“Okay to Say,” a statewide initiative aimed at ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues and to provide resources to those in need, officially launched in Amarillo today at a luncheon designed to rally support…

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November 11, 2015

Texas Leaders Announce Texas Veterans + Family Alliance

Veterans Day 2015 marks the launch of a bold initiative by the State of Texas to address the mental health needs of veterans and military families: Texas Veterans + Family Alliance. Texas Veterans + Family…

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October 13, 2015

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Named Administrator of Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Pilot Phase Grant Program

The Texas Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) recently named the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) administrator of Texas Veterans + Family Alliance, a pilot-phase grant program established by Senate Bill 55 during the…

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August 13, 2015

MMHPI & the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature

MMHPI found itself substantially engaged in the legislative process on a number of fronts. CEO Tom Luce’s appointment by Speaker Straus to the Sunset Advisory Commission brought the Institute directly into legislative work while...

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