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Public Policy: Early Intervention

Half of mental health conditions begin by the age of 14 and 75% begin by the age of 24, but these issues often go undetected and untreated until they reach a crisis point. On average, individuals wait 8-10 years to receive the mental health services and supports they need. Texas should ensure that effective mental health intervention, support, and promotion strategies are readily available throughout the school system and other child/youth-serving agencies. With early intervention, individuals can avoid long-term disabilities and other negative consequences. 

NAMI Texas Early Intervention Policy Priorities

Expand Mental Health Education for Students and Families
Guarantee Coverage of Mental Health Conditions
Protect Special Education/504 Accommodations for Eligible Students
Improve Mental Health Services and Supports across the Foster Care System

Youth in foster care are up to four times more likely to have a mental health disorder than youth outside the foster care system and are more likely to have a substance use disorder by the time they reach young adulthood.  Texas should also ensure youth and children who are in foster care or aging out receive appropriate and individualized treatment along the spectrum of needs.

Guarantee Mental Health Services for Students in Higher Education
Facilitate Access to Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis
Prevent and Treat Trauma and Interpersonal Violence


Testimony on Child and Youth Mental Health
HB 198, School-Based Mental Health Center bill, Testimony 2.26.19
Senate Finance Article III Written Testimony 2.11.19
HHSC LBB Written Testimony on Child Mental Health 9.19.18
Department of Family and Protective Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony 9.13.18
Public Health and Human Services Committee Testimony 8.9.18
House Select Committee on Opioid Use Testimony 8.8.18
School Mental Health Select Committee Testimony 7.18.18

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