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Legislative Recaps

85th (2017) Legislative Session – Mental Health Policy Highlights
84th (2015) Session Recap
Budget Summary 84th Session (2015)

Testimony

Health and Human Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony on Adult Mental Health 9.19.18
Health and Human Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony on Child Mental Health 9.19.18
Department of Family and Protective Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony 9.13.18
Joint Committee on Aging Testimony 8.28.18
Public Health and Human Services Committee Testimony 8.9.18
House Select Committee on Opioid Use Testimony 8.8.18
Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools Testimony 7.24.18
School Mental Health Select Committee Testimony 7.18.18
Invited testimony for 12.6.2017 House Insurance hearing

NAMI Texas Publications

Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis and Guide
Fifth Edition, By Brian D. Shannon & Daniel H. Benson

NAMI National Public Policy Reports

NAMI National publishes reports on critical, emerging issues to help inform the public about the importance of effective mental health policy.

State Mental Health Legislation 2015: Trends, Themes & Effective Practices 
(2015): http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Publications-Reports/Public-Policy-Reports/State-Mental-Health-Legislation-2015
NAMI’s third annual report on state legislation that took place across the country in 2015 found lots of good news, but unfortunately some bad news as well.

 A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care (2015): http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Publications-Reports/Public-Policy-Reports/A-Long-Road-Ahead
Achieving true equity in accessing mental health and substance use disorder care requires vigilant attention by advocates and public agencies responsible for enforcement. This report describes a survey conducted by NAMI to assess the experiences of people living with mental illness and their families with private health insurance.

State Mental Health Legislation 2014: Trends, Themes & Effective Practices (2014): http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Publications-Reports/Public-Policy-Reports/2014NAMIStateLegislationReport.pdf
Momentum for reform of the nation’s mental health care system slowed in 2014 as a result of failure by Congress to enact comprehensive mental health care legislation and a decrease in the number of states strengthening investment in mental health services.

Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness (2014): http://www.nami.org/About-NAMI/Publications-Reports/Public-Policy-Reports/RoadtoRecovery.pdf
One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80%.

State Legislation Report, 2013: Trends, Themes and Best Practices in State Mental Health Legislation (2013): http://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/Publications/Reports/2013StateLegislationReportFinal.pdf
The report surveys legislation enacted by state legislatures in 2013 and summarizes trends, themes and best practices in mental health legislation that will continue to be important in 2014.

Medicaid Expansion and Mental Health Care (2013): http://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/Publications/Reports/2013MedicaidReport.pdf
The report calls for Medicaid expansion which will fill critical gaps in access to health and mental health care, reduce uncompensated crisis care and pave the way to recovery and economic self-sufficiency for millions of Americans.

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