Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 2.22.17

 

Thank you for your participation in the Center for School Behavioral Health’s Advocacy Task Force. We are committed to increasing awareness, participation, education and empowerment among our members and are grateful for your support.

Sincerely,

 

Betsy Blanks

Rebecca Fowler

Annalee Gulley

Janet Pozmantier

Lauren Pursley

 

AWARENESS:  FIGHTING MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA

Newtown Screening

On Tuesday February 28, 2017, Mental Health America of Greater Houston will be co-hosting a film screening of the documentary, Newtown, with the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  

Newtown chronicles the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history: a shooting that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and 6 educators in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.

Following the screening of Newtown, join the Graduate College of Social Work in a panel discussion to explore the impact of traumatic events on children’s mental health and to prepare for the 85th legislative session by learning about mental health policy priorities for which to advocate.

To register click here.

 

PARTICPATION: PROMOTE MHA OF GREATER HOUSTON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

HB 2135 Has Been Filed!

House Bill 2135 has been filed by Representative Garnet Coleman as of February 20th. This bill pertains to coverage for certain services and the provision of certain information relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs.

In its current form, the bill seeks to include CHIP coverage for each woman who gives birth to a child who is enrolled in the CHIP perinatal program before birth, screening and treatment for postpartum depression for the 12-month period after the date the woman gives birth to the child.  

To read the bill, please visit the bill’s website at Texas Legislature On-line.

 

EDUCATION: IMPORTANCE OF LEGISLATIVE PROCESS

Texas Public Schools Explorer

The Texas Tribune has recently updated their Texas Public Schools Explorer. This tool allows for anyone to look up a school or district in Texas and learn about demographics, academics, college preparedness and staff. This tool will be incredibly useful as we move forward in the legislative session as it will allow Task Force members to have up-to-date knowledge about their schools and how they measure compared to state norms.

 

EMPOWERMENT: TAKE ACTION IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS

ONE Houston Issues Assembly

Last week, the Center for School Behavioral Health staff attended the ONE Houston Issues Assembly at The Montrose Center. The assembly was one of the most moving and empowering events we have experienced and we would love for you to be a part of this movement with us.

ONE Houston will be hosting an Issue Action Team Kick-off meeting on Thursday March 2nd at United Way of Greater Houston, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Click here to register.

 

ACTION ITEM OF THE WEEK

Please create an account at the Texas Legislature Online website so that you can fully track filed bills. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Pursley and she will happily help you troubleshoot.

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