Background Reading

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Texas Mental Health Systems Initial Background Reading List

March 2017

Overall System:

Texas Local System Assessments:

    1. Harris County: MMHPI. (May 2015). Review of Harris County Mental Health Systems Performance (Judge Emmett’s Office approved release of County Copy that was not publicly released).
    2. Denton County: MMHPI. (March 2015). Best Practice Opportunities Report.
    3. El Paso County: TriWest Group. (February 2014). El Paso Community Behavioral Health System Assessment.
    4. Dallas County: TriWest Group / ZiaPartners. (October 2010). Assessment of the Community Behavioral Health Delivery System in Dallas County (Detailed Report).
    5. Bexar County: MMHPI. Bexar County Behavioral Health Systems Assessment. (September 2016).

MMHPI Best Practice Briefings:

    1. Adult and children’s mental health: MMHPI. (December 2014). Best Practices Summary.
    2. Crisis Systems: MMHPI. (February 2015). Bed Framework.
    3. Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems: MMHPI. (December 2014). Mental Health Needs of Children and Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems.
    4. Adult Criminal Justice Diversion (Houston Focus): MMHPI. (December 2015). Criminal Justice System Best Practices in Harris County.

Medicaid and 1115 Waiver (DSRIP):

    1. UT School of Public Health. (February 2015) Serious and Persistent Mental Illness in Texas Medicaid: Descriptive Analysis and Policy Options.
    2. Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. (December 2015) Addendum: Texas 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver: Review of Behavioral Health Projects.

Needs of Texas Workforce:

    1. Texas Department of State Health Services. (November 2014). The Mental Health Workforce Shortage in Texas (HB 1023 Report).

Needs of Texas Veterans:

    1. Overview: MMHPI. (December 2014). Texas Veterans Initiative: Collaborative Impact for Texas Foundations (PowerPoint presentation to Texas Behavioral Health Grantmakers)
    2. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. (2014). An Assessment of Mental Health Services for Veterans in the State of Texas. The University of Texas at Austin.
    3. MMHPI. (May 2014). Briefing: Needs of Justice Involved Veterans.

Justice System Prevention:

    1. CSG Justice Center and Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute. (January, 2015). Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms.
    2. CSG Justice Center and Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute. (July, 2011). Breaking Schools’ Rules: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement.
    3. Children’s Outcome Recommendations: MMHPI (January 2016) Overview.

Making Parity a Reality

Increasing the Cost Effectiveness of Depression Treatment with Collaborative Care

Additional Academic Studies and Detailed Analysis Available on Request:
    • Aos, S., Phipps, P. Barnoski, R., & Lieb, R. (2001). The Comparative Costs and Benefits of Programs to Reduce Crime. Olympia: Washington State Institute for Public Policy.
    • Hoagwood, K., Burns, B., Kiser, L., et al. (2001). Evidence-based practice in child and adolescent mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 52:9, 1179-1189.
    • Bruns, E.J., Walker, J.S., Adams, J., Miles, P., Osher, T.W., Rast, J., VanDenBerg, J.D. & National Wraparound Initiative Advisory Group. (2004). Ten principles of the wraparound process. Portland, OR: National Wraparound Initiative, Portland State University.

“Super Utilization” Reduction:

General: See Harris County System Report above.

Additional Academic Studies and Detailed Analysis Available on Request:

    • Monroe-DeVita, M., Teague, G.B., & Moser, L.L. (2011). The TMACT: A new tool for measuring fidelity to assertive community treatment. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17(1), 17-29.
    • Latimer, E. (1999). Economic impacts of assertive community treatment: A review of the literature. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 44, 443-454.
    • Cuddeback, G.S., Morrissey, J.P., & Meyer, P.S. (2006). How many assertive community treatment teams do we need? Psychiatric Services, 57, 1803-1806.
    • Cuddeback, G.S., Morrissey, J.P., & Cusack, K.J. (2008). How many forensic assertive community treatment teams do we need? Psychiatric Services, 59, 205-208.

First Episode Psychosis:

General — Late 2015 newspaper article links (copies not provided — please use links below):

Briefer Pieces:

More in-depth:

Additional Academic Studies and Detailed Analysis Available on Request:

    • Kane, J.M., et al. (October 20, 2015). Comprehensive versus usual community care for first-episode psychosis: 2-year outcomes from the NIMH RAISE early treatment program. American Journal of Psychiatry. Retrieved from:
    • Insel, T.R. (October 20, 2015). RAISE-ing our expectations for first-episode psychosis. American Journal of Psychiatry. Retrieved from:

Deeper Background on Mental Health Needs in Texas.

    1. MMHPI. (February 2015). Prevalence of Severe Mental Health Needs in Texas. MMHPI can provide countyspecific estimates of severe mental health needs for adults and children for all 254 Texas counties.
    2. Texas Appleseed. (September 2012). Recommendations for Updating the Texas Mental Health Code.
    3. MMHPI. (September 2016). Mental Illness and Mass Murder: What Does the Research Tell Us?.

Additional Academic Studies and Detailed Analysis Available on Request:

    • Bilj, R., de Graaf, R., Hiripi, E., Kessler, R., Kohn, R., et al. (May/June 2003). The prevalence of treated and untreated mental disorders in five countries. Health Affairs, 22(3), 122-133.
    • Kessler, R. C., Demler, O., Frank, R. G., Olfson, M., Pincus, H. A., Walters, E. E., Wang, P., Wells, K. B., and Zaslavsky, A. M. (2005). Prevalence and treatment of mental disorders, 1990 to 2003. New England Journal of Medicine, 352:2515-23.
    • Kessler, R.C., et al. (2003). The epidemiology of major depressive disorder: Results from the national comorbidity survey replication (NCS-R). JAMA, 289(23), 3095-3105.
    • Kirkbride, J.B., Jackson, D., et al. (2013). A population-level prediction tool for the incidence of first-episode psychosis: Translational epidemiology based on cross-sectional data. BMJ Open, 3(2), 1-12.
    • Merikangas, K.R., et al. (2007). Lifetime and 12-month prevalence of bipolar spectrum disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 543-552.