Rebecca Tharp, Author at MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

September 8, 2022

State telemedicine program allows Texas children to see therapists at schools

This article was originally published by KUT 90.5 Austin on September 8, 2022. Just after sunrise, young children wearing colorful backpacks start walking into Live Oak Elementary School in Austin. At the door, the principal…

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September 6, 2022

Nearly 8 million kids lost a parent or primary caregiver to the pandemic

This article was originally published by NPR on September 6, 2022. A new international study estimates that from January 1, 2020, to May, 1, 2022, nearly 8 million kids age 18 and under lost a…

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August 8, 2022

Texans ask lawmakers for more mental health funding

This article was originally published by Spectrum 1 News Texas on August 8, 2022. Students in Uvalde will return to school after Labor Day, but state lawmakers are still trying to understand the tragedy that…

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August 1, 2022

Former Rockwall Police Chief Max Geron Joins Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute as Senior Director of Health & Public Safety

AUSTIN – Max Geron, former Chief of the Rockwall Police Department, has joined the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute as Senior Director of Health and Public Safety, effective August 1. In that role, Geron will…

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July 24, 2022

Losing a parent can derail teens’ lives. A high school grief club aims to help

This article was originally published by NPR on July 24, 2022. Shortly after Elizabeth George started her freshman year in high school last fall, her parents tested positive for COVID-19. And Elizabeth stepped up to…

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July 21, 2022

North Texas youth theater company explores mental health crisis in new play

This article was originally published by KERA News on July 21, 2022. A Dallas youth theater company is exploring the way the pandemic affected young people’s mental health through a new play. Cry Havoc Theater…

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July 8, 2022

Hear the voices of North Texas teens on our mental health and gun violence crises

This article was originally published by Dallas Morning News on July 8, 2022. One in five youths between the ages of 9 and 17 experiences a diagnosable mental health disorder. Yet even the most alarming statistics don’t…

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June 22, 2022

‘What did we know in 6th grade?’ — TEA reviewing Uvalde shooter’s school history

This article was originally published by Austin’s KXAN on June 22, 2022. The Texas Education Agency is reviewing “every aspect” of the Uvalde school shooter’s educational history, according to TEA Commissioner Mike Morath. Morath testified…

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June 22, 2022

Uvalde shooter matched the profile of kids treated ‘every day,’ mental health expert testifies

This article was originally published by New York Daily News on June 22, 2022. A Texas mental health expert testified Wednesday that the symptoms attributed to the 18-year-old Uvalde school shooter matches the profiles of…

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