Behavioral Health Pre-Legislative Forum

Behavioral Health Pre-Legislative Forum
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On December 11th Mental Health America of Greater Houston, Coalition of Behavioral Health Services, NAMI Metropolitan Houston and the Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire jointly hosted a Behavioral Health Pre-Legislative Forum. This year’s event highlighted mental health issues that local mental health and substance abuse groups will advocate for during the 83rd Legislative Session; how advocates are improving access to mental health services and supports at the state legislative level; why the Surgeon General, National Institute of Medicine, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an alcohol excise tax as one of the top ways to reduce underage drinking and how a twenty-five cent per drink increase of this consumption based fee can generate $2.2 billion every year for the Texas budget and education.