Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 2.15.17

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Center for School Behavioral Health’s Advocacy Task Force. We are committed to increasing awareness, participation, education and empowerment across the Greater Houston area and could not do this without your support.

 

Sincerely,

Betsy Blanks

Annalee Gulley

Janet Pozmantier

Lauren Pursley

AWARENESS: FIGHTING MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

Out of Darkness Walk

On April 2, the University of Houston, along with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will host the Out of Darkness Campus Walk. The walk is an annual event to bring awareness to suicide and to memorialize family or friends who have been lost to suicide. The tradition of the campus walk at the University of Houston goes back several years and began with the College of Engineering. Participants can walk individually or in teams, and are encouraged to fundraise for the event – though it is not specifically required.

The 2017 Out of Darkness Campus Walk will occur on Sunday, April 2nd starting at 10:00 am at Lynn Eusan Park. The morning will include campus and community resource tabling, speakers, and interactive activities to memorialize a loved one. You can learn more about the Out of Darkness Campus Walk and register here.

PARTICPATION: PROMOTE MHA OF GREATER HOUSTON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

House Committees Announced

Committee assignments for the 85th Texas State Legislature were announced on Thursday, February 9. Check out this link to see who is  serving on the House Committee on Public Education, including Houston’s own Representative Dan Huberty, Representative Alma Allen, Representative Dwayne Bohac and Representative Harold Dutton, Jr.

EDUCATION: IMPORTANCE OF LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

Minding Houston  

Minding Houston, Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s legislative and public policy blog, has a new post on the first month of the 85th Legislative Session. Minding Houston will be updated every other Thursday starting February 23rd. Besure to keep a look out on our Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

EMPOWERMENT: TAKE ACTION IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS

Tomorrow: ONE Houston Issues Assembly

Since 2012, ONE Houston has hosted over 60 house meetings across the greater Houston area to determine the educational equity issues most prevalent and pervasive to the Houston community. You can learn more about their accomplishments on their website.

Tomorrow, February 16th, the organization will host an Issues Assembly to gather students, parents, community leaders, and local education advocates  to vote on the top-three education issues that our greater-Houston community needs to address. This is a great opportunity to put school behavioral health in the forefront of our local advocacy efforts. The Issues Assembly will take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at The Montrose Center at 401 Branard Street Houston, Texas.

RSVP here, we hope to see you tomorrow night!

ACTION ITEM OF THE WEEK

Please email your address, including zip code, to Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org so we can begin mapping Task Force members by legislative districts. This information will be kept confidential and will not be shared externally for any purpose.

If you are interested in joining our Rapid Response Team (RRT), please email Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org