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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 is addressing mental health challenges.

In Texas we recognized long ago that, left unaddressed, mental health conditions present themselves in our jails and hospitals – the most costly and often least effective ways to treat them. Our approach centers around four key pillars: treatment before tragedy; maximize resources; improve coordination; and reduce stigma through education. – Senator Jane Nelson

Nelson was selected as one of four speakers to serve on the State & Community Reform Panel. Approximately 180 elected officials, experts, and advocates from around the country attended the summit, including Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute President & CEO Andy Keller.

It was a privilege to be there to hear Senator Nelson talk with national leaders about her thoughtful and proactive approach that has put Texas at the forefront in improving mental health care delivery. Texas has steadily transformed our mental health systems under Senator Nelson’s leadership. The amazing progress stemming from her unwavering commitment is no secret to Texans. With yesterday’s platform at the White House, the nation now knows the same. – Andy Keller, PhD

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