Youth mental health professionals discussed efforts to provide care to children in need at the 2024 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference last month. Diana Rios-Rodriguez, a registered nurse and director of health and wellness at Manor Independent School District, discussed some of the struggles schools face when trying to provide mental health support … Read more

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) will launch 988, the country’s new mental health crisis line, on July 16th. The 3-digit number will replace the previous 10-digit number (1-800-273-8255), making it easier to remember and access for people in need.      Despite the Saturday launch date, nationwide staffing shortages have authorities concerned that the … Read more

Children’s mental health advocates in Texas are calling for more legislation in the next session to address gaps in mental health care support for families and schools.     Texans Care for Children (TCC) outlined its policy recommendations for the legislature to bolster mental health support for children and youth on Wednesday, saying “significant steps” … Read more

Travis County commissioners declared a public health crisis on Tuesday in response to the surging number of drug overdose deaths in the Central Texas region.     The crisis declaration will appropriate $350,000 from the county budget to harm reductions measures that include training outreach staff and expanding access to high-impact harm reduction tools like … Read more