New House report calls for increase in mental health resources across state
- The report by the Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health warned that current resource levels are inadequate to support mental health initiatives across areas like education, healthcare, and criminal justice.
- The cost of the effects of insufficient mental health resources—both financial and human—is expected to climb as the state continues to grow, and the state has begun to focus on behavioral healthcare reform to confront those costs.
- Recommendations include increasing the use of telemedicine, increasing resources to jail diversion programs, rural healthcare reform, increasing the rate of hospital construction, healthcare-practitioner education incentivization, and increasing access to substance abuse counseling and other resources.
- “House panel warns of “peril” in Texas mental health system” (The Texas Tribune | January 2017)
- “House Report Puts Spotlight on Mental Health Reforms” (The Texas Insider | January 2017)
- “Mental Health a Priority This Legislative Session” (NBC 5 DFW | December 2016)
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