October 23-25, 2018
The Westin Houston, Memorial City – Houston, TX
Engage & Excel is a conference for community leaders, mental health professionals, law enforcement and stakeholders from across Texas who are working to improve their local behavioral health systems. Participants come together to share best practices, inspire collaboration, and learn from each other.
Southeast Texas Okay to Say Community Launch
On May 16th Southeast Texas introduced their community to Okay to Say. The launch at the Event Centre in Beaumont welcomed members of the press and the general public, inviting them to share their stories and show their support for mental health awareness.
Okay to Say: Women Speaking Up & Speaking Out About Mental Health
Okay to Say and NAMI Austin celebrated Mental Health Month with a storytelling event featuring women and their mental health related tales. The May 24th event at the Hyatt Regency in Austin focused on women as mothers, wives, leaders, sisters and daughters, speaking openly about mental health to help us take better care of ourselves, and be a stronger support for others.
Launch of the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance
Amarillo officially launched the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance on February 15, 2017 at the Happy State Bank’s Virgil Patterson Auditorium. With input and assistance from community leaders, the Institute conducted an assessment of local behavioral health systems across the Panhandle’s 26 counties and provided a list of recommendations to enhance and improve behavioral health in the Panhandle. Through the launch of the Panhandle Behavioral Health Alliance, the region is initiating these recommendations.
Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team (RIGHT Care) Program launches in Dallas
The innovative RIGHT Care pilot program, launched in January, transforms response to mental health emergencies through dispatching teams comprised of a police officer, a paramedic, and a mental health professional. Made possible by a grant from the W. W. Caruth, Jr., Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas, and planned with research and guidance from the Institute, the program is a collaboration of Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, and Dallas Police Department.
Engage & Excel 2017 Conference Highlights
The second annual Engage & Excel Conference, hosted by The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, was held in Austin at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on September 20-22, 2017. Highlights included keynote speaker United States Senator John Cornyn and Texas Representative Four Price.
Okay To Say™ Sponsors Sherman-Denison’s First Annual Community Behavioral Health Conference
January 20th, along with NEWCO of Grayson County and the Texoma Health Foundation, we sponsored a one-day conference to engage members of the Sherman-Denison community to talk about mental health and supporting members who facing mental health challenges. Guest speakers, Tommy Nelson, Senior Pastor at Denton Bible Church, and Eric Nadel, the “Voice of the Texas Rangers,” shared their own stories of mental health struggles impacting their lives. The conference also featured panels comprised of local thought leaders from diverse backgrounds discussing collaboration, taking action, and the future of mental health in their community.
Okay to Say: Healing After Harvey
On March 8th, our Okay to Say awareness campaign brought together a panel of mental health professionals from the University of Houston School of Social Work and Baylor College of Medicine along with the disaster relief organization Americares to provide education about the triggers and warning signs of possible mental health issues that may have developed after traumatic events like Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, “Matilda” star and Okay to Say supporter Mara Wilson described her own personal experiences with mental illness by sharing her story of hope through recovery.