Emergency mental health bill advances in Texas Senate
Senator Jane Nelson’s SB 10 would establish a mental health consortium tasked with creating mental health initiatives, facilitating stronger collaboration among medical schools, improving mental health research and expanding mental health telemedicine for children.
In Texas, an Innovative Spirit Infuses Mental Health Care
The larger healthcare system has maintained a harmful wall between “mental healthcare” and “healthcare” based on a flawed premise that mental health is not physical. From an overreliance on specialists to treat routine illnesses like mild depression and anxiety that could be effectively treated by their general practitioner, to a failure to widely deploy reliable screening just because it relies on verbal reporting rather than bodily fluids, to the way insurance companies typically force “integrated” providers to contract with two separate payers (one for “mental” and one for “physical” health), our health system seems fixated on treating mental health differently than physical ailments.
Texas’ High Courts Establish Mental Health Commission in Historic Joint Hearing
The Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals held a first-ever joint hearing on January 11 and established the Judicial Commission on Mental Health to help the state’s two highest courts better serve people struggling with mental health issues.