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Public Policy: Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention

A strong response to a mental health crisis is the most important step in starting a person down the path to recovery. To ensure that individuals who are at risk of harm to self or others receive the appropriate response for their needs, Texas should:

Require Health Professionals and Educators Receive Suicide Prevention Training
Support Public-Private Partnerships to Expand Reach of Suicide Prevention Programs 
Reduce Access to Lethal Means 
Promote Use of Integrated Crisis Response Teams 
Increase the Availability of Crisis Respite Services 
Facilitate Access to Mental Health Services for First Responders 
Grant Physicians the Ability to Exercise Emergency Holds
Expand Provider Authorization in Requesting Emergency Detention 
Extend Emergency Detention Warrant Period from 48 to 72 Hours 
Address Mental health Information Disclosures 
Expand State Capacity for Crisis Hotlines/Support Lines 


Testimony on Suicide Prevention and Public Safety

SB 1390, Suicide Safer Schools bill, Testimony 4.11.19

HB 3980, Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Report bill, Testimony 4.3.19

HB 3235, Suicide Prevention Teacher Training bill, Testimony 3.26.19

HB 316, Firearm Safe Storage Awareness Campaign bill, Testimony 3.20.19

Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools Testimony 7.24.18

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