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One in five Texans experience a mental health condition each year. Half a million Texas children have a serious emotional disturbance. More than two-thirds of people with a behavioral health condition get no treatment for that condition.

Workforce shortages, limited funding and insurance/treatment barriers create obstacles to accessing appropriate behavioral health care. The result is that adults and children in Texas with behavioral health needs increasingly rely on clinically inappropriate settings, such as hospital emergency departments, to receive needed behavioral health treatment. To improve the behavioral health care system and improve access to care, the Texas Hospital Association supports:

  • Health care coverage for low-income individuals with behavioral health conditions. 
  • Funding for behavioral health care that is commensurate with the need for community-based and emergency inpatient services and covers the actual costs of providing care.
  • Increasing access to community-based services to help individuals better managed behavioral health conditions in lower acuity care settings and reduce reliance on impatient hospital beds. 

Additional information on THA's behavioral health policy priorities is available  here


Related:

Draft Guidance: Consent for Psychoactive Medication Treatment (11/19/20) | HHSC

FAQs on Psychoactive Medication Consent Requirements (11/19/20) | HHSC

THA Comments on Draft Rule Enforcing Mental Health Parity Law (7/10/20)

THA Comments on Proposed Amendment to the UHRIP Rule (5/22/20)

List of LMHAs by County (5/21/20)

Free Virtual Support Groups for Frontline Workers (5/21/20)

THA Letter on Behavioral Health Challenges (4/16/20)

THHSC Behavioral Health Parity Explainer and Contact Sheet (English and Spanish) (March 2020)

TDI Request for Information on Best Practices for Mental Health Parity Compliance(February 2020)

THHSC Draft Proposed Rules for Rights of People Receiving Mental Health Treatment

THA Comments on THHSC’s Draft Rules for Mental Health Patients’ Rights (Jan. 28, 2020)

Texas Hospitals Support Behavioral Health Policies That Ensure a Healthy Texas (October 2019)

Texas' Behavioral Health Landscape (October 2019)

Streamlining Hospital Admission Processes for Texans Seeking Voluntary Inpatient Mental Health Treatment (2019)

Texas Hospital Association Voluntary Guidelines for Hospital Emergency Department Prescribers of Opioids (2018)

THA Comments on HB 10 Mental Health Parity Study (Nov. 17, 2017)

CMS Issues FAQs on Medicaid/CHIP Mental Health Parity Rule (Oct. 11, 2017)

THA Takeaways: Direct Employment by Hospitals of Psychiatrists Would Improve Access to Needed Behavioral Health Care (2017)

THA Takeaways: Substance Use Provider Workforce (2017)

Texas Hospitals Support Growing the Substance Use Workforce (2017)

THA Takeaways: Mental Health Parity (2017)

Texas Hospitals Support Mental Health Parity (2017)

Mental Health Select Committee, Interim Report 2016

Charge: To discuss and make policy recommendations to the Council on Policy Development regarding behavioral health care issues affecting hospital members that provide behavioral health services (meets as needed).

MEMBERS

Chair: Jacob Cuellar, MD, Laurel Ridge Treatment Center
Vice-Chair: Christine (Chris) Bryan, Clarity Child Guidance Center, San Antonio
Heather Chung, Houston Methodist Hospital
Sally Taylor, MD, University Health System, San Antonio
Matthew Feehery, Memorial Hermann Prevention/Recovery, Houston
Charlzetta McMurray-Horton, Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston
Tom Collins, Green Oaks Hospital, Dallas
Laci Laird, ETMC Behavioral Health, Tyler
Celeste Johnson, Parkland Health & Hospital System
Becky Tresnicky, Valley Baptist Behavioral Health System, Brownsville
Sherry Bustin, Oceans Behavioral Hospital Lufkin
Stephen Glazier, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, Houston
Ed Prettyman, Texas NeuroRehab Center, Austin


Contacts:

Sara Gonzalez, vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1596

Steve Wohleb, J.D., senior vice president and general counsel, 512/465-1577

Sharon Beasley, legal manager, legal & regulatory compliance, 512/465-1030

Resources:


THA Letter on Behavioral Health Challenges (4/16/20)


Texas Hospitals Support Behavioral Health Policies That Ensure a Healthy Texas

Behavioral Health Landscape
Texas' Behavioral Health Landscape

Streamlining Hospital Admission Processes for Texans Seeking Voluntary Inpatient Mental Health Treatment
Streamlining Hospital Admission Processes for Texans Seeking Voluntary Inpatient Mental Health Treatment

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According to Texas Government Code 305.027, portions of this material may be considered “legislative advertising.” Authorization for its publication is made by John Hawkins, Texas Hospital Association, 1108 Lavaca, Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701-2180.