Policy Updates

Policy Updates

Welcome to the Institute’s resource page for public policy professionals. Below are original MMHPI products, updates about our policy-related activity, and information from sources that help inform our work in state policy development.

Select from the icons below to explore updates and activity across multiple key areas.

Introductory and General Information

In June 2016, with the help of former Texas Supreme Court Justice and Institute Board Member Harriet O’Neill, the Texas Judicial Council established the Mental Health Committee to examine the administration of civil and criminal justice for those suffering from or affected by mental illness. The committee, chaired by the Honorable Bill Boyce, was charged with providing formal recommendations to the full Judicial Council and the legislature in advance of the 85th Legislative Session. The Institute contributed to committee meetings and provided research and technical assistance to committee members. The resulting report, which the Texas Judicial Council unanimously adopted in late 2016, contains the committee’s findings, recommendations, and priority issues for future study.

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Texas’ first-ever Select Committee on Mental Health released its report in January 2017, just before the start of the 85th Legislature. The committee’s charge included studying and recommending improvements to every aspect of behavioral health in Texas. Speaker of the House Joe Straus appointed committee members during the legislative interim and designated Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) as chairman. MMHPI personnel attended select committee hearings over eight separate days during 2016, and our in-house experts provided testimony and analysis to committee members and staff. The report is a blueprint for Texas, which will help lawmakers and local officials help improve the delivery of mental health care in Texas for years to come.

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MMHPI addresses, in brief form, the factors that shape mental health needs in Texas. It addresses key questions such as how many Texans need mental health services, the costs of untreated needs, state spending, and the public and private systems. This document is updated frequently so check back often.

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The mental health policy discussion in Texas can leave some listeners with the impression that the state hasn’t accomplished much. That isn’t true. Texas has accomplished quite a lot, especially around crisis care and targeted populations.

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Many important terms are used in the mental health policy discussion. MMHPI has distilled them down into a handy reference guide.

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees. The following testimonies provide a general overview of our mental health system.

Sonja Gaines
Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Coordination, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Gaines’s presentation (begins at 0:18:56)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis
Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (begins at 3:57:44)

Lee Johnson
Deputy Director, Texas Council of Community Centers
Lee Johnson’s testimony handout
Watch Lee Johnson’s presentation (begins at 5:22:07)

Alison Boleware
Policy Fellow, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Alison Boleware’s testimony handout
Watch Alison Boleware presentation (begins at 6:04:12)

Andy Keller, PhD
CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
The Current Texas Mental Health Landscape and Opportunities for Improvement
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation (begins at 6:32:00)

Children

Drawing on the work of Dr. Charles Holzer, a leading psychiatric epidemiologist, MMHPI is able to apply the best national epidemiological studies to Texas’ population data and estimate the number of children and adolescents who have severe emotional disturbances in a given year.

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This MMHPI paper looks at the pattern of risk Texas youth face moving from a school setting and into the justice system. Students are more likely to be arrested now than they were 10 years ago. With leadership from the top, school discipline can shift from a system of punishment to a system of student development.

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The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees. The following testimonies provide insights into challenges facing children’s mental health care.

Dr. Anu Partap, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Children and Mental Health – Clinical Setting
Dr. Partap’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Partap’s presentation (begins at 0:04:40)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis
Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (begins at 2:58:41)

Craig Shapiro, MEd
Interim Associate Superintendent of High Schools, Austin Independent School District
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation
Superintendent Shapiro’s testimony handout
Watch Superintendent Shapiro’s presentation (begins at 4:46:20)

Tracy Spinner, MEd
Assistant Director, Comprehensive Health Services, Austin Independent School District
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation
Tracy Spinner’s testimony handout
Watch Tracy Spinner’s presentation (begins at 4:55:56)

Elizabeth Minne, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Vida Clinic
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation
Minne’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Minne’s presentation (begins at 5:06:00)

Dr. Billy Philips
Executive Vice President and Director, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health
Professor, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral (TWITR) Project
Dr. Philips’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Philips’s presentation (begins at 5:50:50)

Veterans

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees. The following testimonies provide insights into challenges facing veteran’s mental health care.

Sonja Gaines
Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Coordination, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Gaines’s presentation (begins at 0:40:18)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis
Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (begins at 0:04:13)

Suzanna Hupp
Associate Commissioner,Veteran Services, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Hupp’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Hupp’s presentation (begins at 1:44:28)

Kenneth Wilson
President and CEO, Haven for Hope, San Antonio
Leon Evans
President and CEO, The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio
Kenneth Wilson and Leon Evans’ testimony handout
Watch Kenneth Wilson and Leon Evans’ presentation (begins at 3:32:41)

Susan Garnett, MSW
CEO, MHMR of Tarrant County
Susan Garnett’s testimony handout
Watch Susan Garnett’s presentation (begins at 5:36:52)

Janie Metzinger
Public Policy Director, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Director Metzinger’s testimony handout
Watch Director Metzinger’s presentation (begins at 6:12:42)

Josette Saxton
Director of Mental Health Policy, Texans Care for Children
Director Saxton’s testimony handout
Watch Director Saxton’s presentation (begins at 6:29:24)

Smart Justice

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees. The following testimonies provide insights into challenges facing veteran’s mental health care.

Kim Vickers
Executive Director, Texas Commission of Licensing Enforcement (TCOLE)
Kim Vickers’s testimony handout
Watch Kim Vickers’s presentation (begins at 5:14:00)

Chris Kirk
Sheriff, Brazos County
Representative Rural County Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Watch Chris Kirk’s presentation (begins at 5:36:50)

Barbara Dawson
Deputy Director, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Representatives of Urban County and Municipal Law Enforcement and Collaboration with Local Mental Health Authority
Watch Barbara Dawson’s presentation (begins at 6:08:49)

Ron Stretcher
Criminal Justice Director, Dallas County
Board Chair, North Texas Behavioral Health Authority
Mental Health Hospitals and Criminal Justice
Mr. Stretcher’s testimony handout
Watch Mr. Stretcher’s presentation (begins at 2:23:25)

Higher Education

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees. The following testimonies provide insight into issues regarding mental health care on college campuses.

Rito Silva, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs, Del Mar College
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Community Colleges
Dr. Silva’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Silva’s presentation (begins at 4:04:57)

Maggie Gartner, PhD
Executive Director for Student Counseling Services, Texas A&M University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas A&M University System
Dr. Gartner’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Gartner’s presentation (begins at 4:22:15)

Dayna Schertler
Health Integration Specialist, West Texas A&M University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas A&M University System
Ms. Schertler’s testimony handout
Watch Ms. Schertler’s presentation (begins at 4:35:45)

Richard A. Lenox, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Director, Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas Tech University System
Dr. Lenox’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lenox’s presentation (begins at 4:52:55)

Drew Miller, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Student Services, Sam Houston State University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas State University System
Dr. Miller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Miller’s presentation (begins at 5:24:42)

Norma Ngo, PsyD
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Houston
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, University of Houston System
Dr. Ngo’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Ngo’s presentation (begins at 05:42:42)

Christopher Albert, PhD
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, University of Texas System
Watch Dr. Albert’s presentation (begins at 6:28:43)

Legislative Hearings

The 85th Legislative Session saw mental health issues assume a large focus, resulting in strong progress toward smarter, more effective mental health policy in Texas. The Institute has furthered this progress by providing Texas legislators, state officials, members of the judiciary, and local leaders with objective, trustworthy data and policy analysis. This summary highlights Texas’ most material advances in mental health policy achieved during this past session.

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Andy Keller, PhD
CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Invited Testimony on SB 674
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation

Invited Testimony on SB 74
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation

Texas Mental Health Workforce Needs
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation

Invited Testimony on HB 13s
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation

Invited Testimony on SB 292
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation

Michele R. Guzmán
Vice President of Administration, Senior Director of Evaluation,
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Invited Testimony on HB 1600
Guzmán’s testimony handout
Watch Guzmán’s presentation

B.J. Wagner
Director of Smart Justice, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Invited Testimony on HB 337, HB 1734
Wagner’s testimony handout
Watch Wagner’s presentation

Invited Testimony on SB 344
Watch Wagner’s presentation

The Texas Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, held a hearing to discuss, among other topics, the state’s evolving role in mental health. Invited testimony was provided by:

Sonja Gaines
Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Services, Health and Human Services Commission
Watch Commissioner Gaines’s presentation (begins at 2:03:27)

Andy Keller, PhD
CEO
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Texas Mental Health Systems: Priority Next Steps After a Decade of Development
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation (begins at 3:15:30)

Lee Johnson
Deputy Director, Texas Council of Community Centers
Watch Lee Johnson’s presentation (begins at 3:42:00)

Lynda Frost
Director of Planning and Programs, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Watch Lynda Frost’s presentation (begins at 4:04:00)

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees.

February 18, 2016

Sonja Gaines
Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Coordination, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Gaines’s presentation (begins at 0:18:56)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis
Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse,
Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (begins at 3:57:44)

Lee Johnson
Deputy Director, Texas Council of Community Centers
Lee Johnson’s testimony handout
Watch Lee Johnson’s presentation (begins at 5:22:07)

Alison Boleware
Policy Fellow, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Alison Boleware’s testimony handout
Watch Lee Johnson’s presentation (begins at 6:04:12)

Andy Keller, PhD
CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
The Current Texas Mental Health Landscape and Opportunities for Improvement
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation (begins at 6:32:00)

March 22, 2016

Dr. Anu Partap, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Children and Mental Health – Clinical Setting
Dr. Partap’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Partap’s presentation (begins at 0:04:40)


Lauren Lacefield-Lewis

Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse,
Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (begins at 2:58:41)

Craig Shapiro, MEd
Interim Associate Superintendent of High Schools, Austin Independent School District
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation
Superintendent Shapiro’s testimony handout
Watch Superintendent Shapiro’s presentation (begins at 4:46:20)

Tracy Spinner, MEd
Assistant Director, Comprehensive Health Services, Austin Independent School District
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation
Tracy Spinner’s testimony handout
Watch Tracy Spinner’s presentation (begins at 4:55:56)

Elizabeth Minne, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Vida Clinic
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation
Minne’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Minne’s presentation (begins at 5:06:00)

Dr. Billy Philips
Executive Vice President and Director, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health
Professor, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral (TWITR) Project
Dr. Philips’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Philips’s presentation (begins at 5:50:50)

Andy Keller, PhD
President & CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation (begins at 4:14:15)

Andy Keller, PhD
President & CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation (begins at 4:14:36)

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees.

April 27, 2016

Kari Wolf, MD
CEO, Seton Mind Institute
CMO, Seton Shoal Creek Hospital
Associate Professor, UT Austin, Dell Medical School
Psychiatric Emergency Room and Hospital Environment
Dr. Wolf’s testimony handout

Ardas Khalsa
Deputy Medicaid/CHIP Director, Healthcare Transformation Waiver, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
1115 Transformation Waiver and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment
Ardas Khalsa’s testimony handout

Kirk A. Calhoun, MD
President and CEO, UT Health Northeast, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Addressing Mental Health Needs in Rural Northeast Texas
Dr. Calhoun’s testimony handout

Jeffrey L. Levin, MD, MSPH
Senior Vice President, Clinical & Academic Affairs, UT Health Northeast, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Mental Health Workforce Development in Rural Northeast Texas
Dr. Levin’s testimony handout

Jair Soares, MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Executive Director, The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center
Dr. Soares’s testimony handout

Stephen Glazier, MBA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center
Stephen Glazier’s testimony handout

April 28, 2016

Terry Crocker, MBA, MA
Chief Executive Officer, Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
Mental Health Services at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
Terry Crocker’s testimony handout

Beth Lawson
Associate CEO, Sunrise Canyon Behavioral Health Network
Mental Health Services at Sunrise Canyon Behavioral Health Network
Beth Lawson’s testimony handout

Mike Maples
Deputy Commissioner, Department of State Health Services
Inpatient Mental Health System Reform
Mike Maples’s testimony handout
Watch Mike Maples’s presentation (begins at 0:05:40)

Dr. David Lakey
CMO, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health, The University of Texas System
Improving Texas Mental Health Hospitals Though Academic Partnerships
Dr. Lakey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lakey’s presentation (begins at 0:59:19)

Dennis Wilson
President, Sheriff’s Association of Texas
Sheriff, Limestone County
Mental Health Diversion and Forensic Capacity
Watch Dennis Wilson’s presentation (begins at 02:49:23)

Stephen Glazier, MBA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center
Mental Health Diversion and Forensic Capacity
Stephen Glazier’s testimony handout
Watch Stephen Glazier’s presentation (begins at 3:37:37)

Andy Keller, PhD
CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Preventing Forensic Admissions Through Diversion and Treatment
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation (begins at 4:02:02)

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees.

June 2, 2016

Doug Danzeiser
Director of the Life and Health Lines Office, Texas Department of Insurance
Issues in Regulating Mental Health Parity in Insurance Coverage
Doug Danzeiser’s testimony handout
Watch Doug Danzeiser’s presentation (begins at 0:05:09)

John Burruss, MD
President and CEO, Metrocare Services
Insurance-Coverage for Collaborative Care
Watch Dr. Burruss’s presentation (begins at 1:34:54)

Michael Massey, M.D.
CMO, BSWQA North Division
CMO, Health Texas Provider Network, Baylor Scott & White Health
Insurance-Coverage for Collaborative Care
Dr. Massey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Massey’s presentation (begins at 1:51:52)

Mary D. Peterson, MD, MSHCA
President and CEO, Driscoll Health Plan
Addressing a Shortage of Child Psychatrists
Dr. Peterson’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Peterson’s presentation (begins at 4:18:48)

Kim Vickers
Executive Director, Texas Commission of Licensing Enforcement (TCOLE)
Kim Vickers’s testimony handout
Watch Kim Vickers’s presentation (begins at 5:14:00)

Chris Kirk
Sheriff, Brazos County
Representative Rural County Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Watch Chris Kirk’s presentation (begins at 5:36:50)

Barbara Dawson
Deputy Director Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Representatives of Urban County and Municipal Law Enforcement and Collaboration with Local Mental Health Authority
Watch Barbara Dawson’s presentation (begins at 06:08:49)

August 16, 2016

Sonja Gaines
Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Coordination, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Gaines’s presentation (begins at 0:40:18)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis
Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse,
Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (begins at 0:04:13)

Suzanna Hupp
Associate Commissioner,Veteran Services, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Hupp’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Hupp’s presentation (begins at 1:44:28)

Kenneth Wilson
President and CEO, Haven for Hope, San Antonio

Leon Evans
President and CEO, The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio
Kenneth Wilson and Leon Evans’ testimony handout
Kenneth Wilson and Leon Evans’ testimony handout (begins at 3:32:41)

Susan Garnett, MSW
CEO, MHMR of Tarrant County
Susan Garnett’s testimony handout
Watch Susan Garnett’s presentation (begins at 5:36:52)

Janie Metzinger
Public Policy Director, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Director Metzinger’s testimony handout
Watch Director Metzinger’s presentation (begins at 6:12:42)

Josette Saxton
Director of Mental Health Policy, Texans Care for Children
Director Saxton’s testimony handout
Watch Director Saxton’s presentation (begins at 6:29:24)

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees.

September 22, 2016

David Lakey, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health, The University of Texas System
Mental Health Hospitals and Academic Partnerships
Dr. Lakey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lakey’s presentation (begins at 1:16:55)

John Warner, MD
Vice President and CEO, University Hospitals, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Mental Health Hospitals and Academic Partnerships
Dr. Warner’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Warner’s presentation (begins at 02:09:24)

Ron Stretcher
Criminal Justice Director, Dallas County Board Chair, North Texas Behavioral Health Authority
Mental Health Hospitals and Criminal Justice
Mr. Stretcher’s testimony handout
Watch Mr. Stretcher’s presentation (begins at 2:23:25)

Rito Silva, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs, Del Mar College
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Community Colleges
Dr. Silva’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Silva’s presentation (begins at 4:04:57)

Maggie Gartner, PhD
Executive Director for Student Counseling Services, Texas A&M University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas A&M University System
Dr. Gartner’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Gartner’s presentation (begins at 4:22:15)

Dayna Schertler
Health Integration Specialist, West Texas A&M University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas A&M University System
Ms. Schertler’s testimony handout
Watch Ms. Schertler’s presentation (begins at 4:35:45)

Richard A. Lenox, PhD
Licensed Psychologist, Director, Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas Tech University System
Dr. Lenox’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lenox’s presentation (begins at 4:52:55)

Drew Miller, PhD
Assistant Vice President for Student Services, Sam Houston State University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas State University System
Dr. Miller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Miller’s presentation (begins at 5:24:42)

Norma Ngo, PsyD
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Houston
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, University of Houston System
Dr. Ngo’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Ngo’s presentation (begins at 05:42:42)

Christopher Albert, PhD
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, University of Texas System
Watch Dr. Albert’s presentation (begins at 6:28:43)

Deeper Dives

Laws designed to put mental health coverage on similar footing with physical health coverage are complex and contain gaps that make true parity difficult to accomplish. This MMHPI paper walks through some of the issues in response to the June 2, 2016 hearing of the Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health.

Increasing access to care, advancing the quality and efficiency of care, and improving patient outcomes is all possible through strategic partnerships between our academic and mental health institutions.

Texas Select Committee on Mental Health Testimony, September 22, 2016

David Lakey, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health, The University of Texas System
Mental Health Hospitals and Academic Partnerships
Dr. Lakey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lakey’s presentation (begins at 1:16:55)

John Warner, MD
Vice President and CEO, University Hospitals, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Mental Health Hospitals and Academic Partnerships
Dr. Warner’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Warner’s presentation (begins at 02:09:24)

(last updated March, 2017)

Click here for more information about key policy topics in mental health. Check back as this list is periodically updated.

Topics include:
The Overall System, Local Systems Assessments, Best Practice Briefings, Medicaid and 1115 Waiver (DSRIP), Texas Workforce, Texas Veterans, Justice System, Super Utilizer Use Reduction, First Episode Psychosis, Deeper Background on Mental Health Needs in Texas.

Substance Use Disorder Landscape
MMHPI summarizes key facts regarding substance use disorder (SUD) needs and current services in Texas. It addresses key questions such as how many Texans need SUD services, facts related to the opioid crisis, state spending, and the public and private systems. This document is updated frequently so check back often.
SUD Landscape – February 2018 FINAL.pdf

Substance Use Disorder Glossary of Terms
MMHPI summarizes key terms related to substance use disorder needs and current services.
Substance Use Disorder Glossary of Terms