Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 9, 2012
Contact: Addie Smith, (512) 463-0112

SENATOR NELSON LEADS PANEL'S STUDY OF MENTAL HEALTH

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today led the Health and Human Services Committee's review of Texas' mental health system.

"I recognize the importance of mental health and, despite our budget challenges, supported increased funding in this area last session," said Senator Nelson. "Mental illness impacts the lives of thousands of Texans and strains the resources of our jails and hospitals. We must seek ways to better meet the mental health needs of our citizens and to ensure that our public mental health system is cohesive, efficient, and effective."

The committee heard invited and public testimony on an interim charge calling for a review of the state's public mental health system. The panel must examine service delivery models, funding, community-based alternatives, and approaches to mental health used in other states.

The committee will file a report of its findings prior to the next legislative session. To follow the progress of this and other interim studies, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us, where you may watch live feeds and sign up to receive meeting notices.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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