Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 4.18.17

FORTY DAYS.

 

We have forty days to finish the work of the 85th Legislative Session - work that MHA of Greater Houston and the Center for School Behavioral Health have been committed to for years and that our staff, our community partners and you have been advocating for so passionately since January. 

I'm incredibly proud to share with you that House Bill 2623 (Allen, Alma | Thompson, Senfronia) had a very successful hearing on Tuesday, April 4. The bill is currently pending in the House Public Education Committee and should be voted on this week. 

Today, Betsy Blanks, Professional Development Manager for the Center for Behavioral Health at MHA of Greater Houston and Julie Kaplow, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and Director of the Trauma and Grief Center for Youth at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will join me to testify in support of House Bill 3887 (Coleman) before the House Public Education Committee. This Trauma and Reporting bill was set for a hearing late last week after our successful "Pizza and Politics" phone bank. You all generated more than 300 hundred calls to the House Public Education Committee in fewer than two hours!!

We got their attention!

We will be in touch with news from today's hearing and additional calls to action soon, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support and hard work during the past 100 days. 

EACH OF YOU HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE.

Please keep in mind that every legislative session is unpredictable and no outcome is certain. We can be sure that we have made important strides to advance mental health legislation this session and still have opportunities to secure important wins. 

Forty more days. Forty more days. Forty more days.

Annalee Gulley

Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, MHA of Greater Houston