Welcome to the MMHPI Public Policy Resource Page


Here you will find resources for professionals in the policy field. Below are original MMHPI products as well as information from sources that help inform the Institute’s work in state policy development.
Best Practices in Integrated Behavioral Health: Identifying and Implementing Core Components The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has drawn on a number of sources to produce the following report which offers guidance for effective Integrated Behavioral Health programs. Commissioned by the St. David’s Foundation, the report offers a guide for providers, funders, advocates, and policy makers interested in promoting Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) in both primary care and specialty behavioral health settings.
Read the full report here
Texas Mental Health Landscape MMHPI addresses, in brief form, the factors that shape mental health needs in Texas. It addresses key questions such as how many Texans need mental health services, the costs of untreated needs, state spending, and the public and private systems. This document is updated frequently so check back often. – Read the most updated version of Texas Mental Health Landscape
A Decade of Public Sector ProgressThe mental health policy discussion in Texas can leave some listeners with the impression that the state hasn’t accomplished much. That isn’t true. Texas has accomplished quite a lot, especially around crisis care and targeted populations. – Read “A Decade of Progress”
School to Prison PipelineThis MMHPI paper looks at the pattern of risk Texas youth face moving from a school setting and into the justice system. Students are more likely to be arrested now than they were 10 years ago. With leadership from the top, school discipline can shift from a system of punishment to a system of student development.-Read the more about breaking the school to prison pipeline-
Prevalence of Mental Health Conditions among Children and Adolescents in TexasDrawing on the work of Dr. Charles Holzer, a leading psychiatric epidemiologist, MMHPI is able to apply the best national epidemiological studies to Texas’ population data and estimate the number of children and adolescents who have severe emotional disturbances in a given year.– Read the more about this prevalence data–
Insurance: Mental Health ParityLaws designed to put mental health coverage on similar footing with physical health coverage are complex and contain gaps that make true parity difficult to accomplish. This MMHPI paper walks through some of the issues in response to the June 2, 2016 hearing of the Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health.
Texas Senate Finance Committee Testimony

(January 26, 2016)

The Texas Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, held a hearing to discuss, among other topics, the state’s evolving role in mental health. Invited testimony was provided by:

Sonja Gaines, Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Services, Health and Human Services Commission –

Click to view Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout To watch Sonja Gaines’s presentation click here and forward to the 2:03:30 mark.

Andy Keller, PhD, CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Click to view Dr. Keller’s testimony handout To watch Dr. Keller’s presentation to the Texas Senate Finance Committee click here and forward to the 3:15:30 mark.

Lee Johnson, Deputy Director, Texas Council of Community Centers

Click to view Lee Johnson’s testimony handout To watch Lee Johnson’s presentation click here and forward to the 3:42:00 mark.

Lynda Frost, Director of Planning and Programs, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Click to view Lynda Frost’s testimony handout To watch Lynda Frost’s presentation click here and forward to the 4:04:00 mark.

 
Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health Testimony

The Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health was created by Speaker Joe Straus to take a comprehensive look at mental health services across state agencies as well as legislative committees.

February 18, 2016

Sonja Gaines

Associate Commissioner, Mental Health Coordination, Health and Human Services Commission
Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis

Assistant Commissioner, Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of State Health Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout

Lee Johnson

Deputy Director, Texas Council of Community Centers
Lee Johnson’s testimony handout

Alison Boleware

Policy Fellow, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Alison Boleware’s testimony handout

Andy Keller, PhD

CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 6:32:00 mark)

March 22, 2016

Dr. Anu Partap, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center Children and Mental Health – Clinical Setting
Dr. Partap’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Partap’s presentation (click to forward to the 0:04:40 mark)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis,

Assistant Commissioner Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Texas Department of State Health Services Children and Mental Health – Health and Human Services Agencies’ Children’s Programs and Services
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation (click to forward to the 2:58:41 mark)

Craig Shapiro, MEd

Interim Associate Superintendent of High Schools
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12, Examples of Collaboration and Innovation: Panel 1 – Austin Independent School District Program
Superintendent Shapiro’s testimony handout
Watch Superintendent Shapiro’s presentation (click to forward to the 4:46:20 mark)

Tracy Spinner, MEd

Assistant Director, Comprehensive Health
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12, Examples of Collaboration and Innovation: Panel 1 – Austin Independent School District Program
Tracy Spinner’s testimony handout
Watch Tracy Spinner’s presentation (click to forward to the 4:55:56 mark)

Elizabeth Minne, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Executive Director, Vida Clinic
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Examples of Collaboration and Innovation – Panel 1 – Austin Independent School District Program
Minne’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Minne’s presentation (click to forward to the 5:06:00 mark)

Dr. Billy Philips,

Executive Vice President and Director, F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health, Professor, Family and Community Medicine and Public Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
Children and Mental Health – Education Setting K-12: Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral (TWITR) Project
Dr. Phillips’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Phillips’s presentation (click to forward to the 5:50:50 mark)

Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee Testimony

June 16, 2016

Mike Maples

Deputy Commissioner, DSHS
Inpatient Mental Health System Reform
Mike Maples’s testimony handout
Watch Mike Maples’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 00:05:40 mark)

Dr. David Lakey

Chief Medical Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health UT System
Inpatient Mental Health System Reform
Dr. Lakey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lakey’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 00:59:19 mark)

Dennis Wilson

Sheriff’s Association of Texas, Limestone County Sheriff
Mental Health Diversion and Forensic Capacity
Watch Dennis Wilson’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 02:49:23 mark)

Stephen Glazier

COO, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center
Mental Health Diversion and Forensic Capacity
Stephen Glazier’s testimony handout
Watch Stephen Glazier’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 03:37:37 mark)

Andy Keller, PhD

CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Mental Health Diversion and Forensic Capacity
Dr. Keller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Keller’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 04:02:02 mark)

April 27, 2016

Kari Wolf, MD

CEO, Seton Mind Institute
Psychiatric Emergency Room and Hospital Environment
Dr. Wolf’s testimony handout

Ardas Khalsa

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
1115 Waiver and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)
Ardas Khalsa’s testimony handout

Kirk A. Calhoun, MD

President, The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Dr. Calhoun’s testimony handout

Jeffrey L. Levin, MD, MSPH

Senior Vice President – Clinical & Academic Affairs, The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
Dr. Levin’s testimony handout

Jair Soares, MD, PhD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UT Health Executive Directory, HCPC
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health)/The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC)
Dr. Soares’s testimony handout

Stephen Glazier, MBA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer, HCPC
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health)/The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC)
Stephen Glazier’s testimony handout

April 28, 2016

Terry Crocker, MBA, MA

Chief Executive Officer, Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
Mental Health Services at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
Terry Crocker’s testimony handout

Beth Lawson

Associate CEO, Sunrise Canyon Behavioral Health Network
Mental Health Services at Sunrise Canyon Behavioral Health Network
Beth Lawson’s testimony handout

June 2, 2016

Doug Danzeiser

Director of the Life and Health Lines Office
Texas Department of Insurance
Doug Danzeiser’s testimony handout
Watch Doug Danzeiser’s presentation (click to forward to the 00:05:09 mark)

John Burruss, MD

President and CEO, Metrocare Services
Insurance-Coverage for Collaborative Care
Watch Dr. Burruss’s presentation click here (click to forward to the 01:34:54 mark)

Michael Massey, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer, BSWQA North Division; Chief Medical Officer, Health Texas Provider Network, Baylor Scott & White
Insurance-Coverage for Collaborative Care
Dr. Massey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Massey’s presentation (click to forward to the 01:51:52 mark)

Mary D. Peterson, MD, MSHCA

President and CEO, Driscoll Health Plan
Insurance-Representatives of Commercial Health Plans
Dr. Peterson’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Peterson’s presentation (click to forward to the 04:18:48 mark)

Kim Vickers

Executive Director
Texas Commission of Licensing Enforcement (TCOLE)
Kim Vickers’s testimony handout
Watch Kim Vickers’s presentation (click to forward to the 05:14:00 mark)

Chris Kirk

Sheriff, Brazos County
Representative Rural County Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Watch Chris Kirk’s presentation (click to forward to the 05:36:50 mark)

Barbara Dawson

Deputy Director Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Services, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Representatives of Urban County and Municipal Law Enforcement and Collaboration with Local Mental Health Authority
Watch Barbara Dawson’s presentation (click to forward to the 06:08:49 mark)

August 16, 2016

Sonja Gaines

Associate Commissioner, Office of Mental Health Coordination, HHSC
Commissioner Gaines’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Gaines’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 00:40:18 mark)

Lauren Lacefield-Lewis

Assistant Commissioner, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, DSHS
Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Lacefield-Lewis’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 00:04:13 mark)

Suzanna Hupp

Associate Commissioner for Veteran Services, HHSC
Commissioner Hupp’s testimony handout
Watch Commissioner Hupp’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 01:44:28 mark)

Kenny Wilson

Executive Director, Haven for Hope, San Antonio

Leon Evans

Executive Director, The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio
Directors Wilson and Evans’ testimony handout
Watch Directors Wilson and Evans’ presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 03:32:41 mark)

Susan Garnett

CEO, MHMR of Tarrant County, Fort Worth
Susan Garnett’s testimony handout
Watch Susan Garnett’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 05:36:52 mark)

Janie Metzinger

Public Policy Director, MHA Dallas
Director Metzinger’s testimony handout
Watch Director Metzinger’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 06:12:42 mark)

Josette Saxton

Director of Mental Health Policy, Texans Care for Children
Director Saxton’s testimony handout
Watch Director Saxton’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 06:29:24 mark)

September 22, 2016

David Lakey, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health, The University of Texas System
Mental Health Hospitals and Academic Partnerships
Dr. Lakey’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lakey’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 01:16:55 mark)

John Warner, MD

Vice President and CEO, University Hospitals, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Mental Health Hospitals and Academic Partnerships
Dr. Warner’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Warner’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 02:09:24 mark)

Ron Stretcher

Criminal Justice Director, Dallas County, and Board Chair, North Texas Behavioral Health Authority
Mental Health Hospitals and Criminal Justice
Mr. Stretcher’s testimony handout
Watch Mr. Stretcher’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 02:23:25 mark)

Rito Silva, PhD

Vice President for Student Affairs, Del Mar College
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Community Colleges
Dr. Silva’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Silva’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 02:23:25 mark)

Maggie Gartner, PhD

Executive Director for Student Counseling Services, Texas A&M University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas A&M University System
Dr. Gartner’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Gartner’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 04:22:15 mark)

Dayna Schertler

Health Integration Specialist, West Texas A&M University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas A&M University System
Ms. Schertler’s testimony handout
Watch Ms. Schertler’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 04:35:45 mark)

Richard A. Lenox, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Director, Texas Tech University Student Counseling Center
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas Tech University System
Dr. Lenox’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Lenox’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 04:52:55 mark)

Drew Miller, PhD

Assistant Vice President for Student Services, Sam Houston State University
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, Texas State University System
Dr. Miller’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Miller’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 05:24:42 mark)

Norma Ngo, PsyD

Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at University of Houston
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, University of Houston System
Dr. Ngo’s testimony handout
Watch Dr. Ngo’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 05:42:42 mark)

Christopher Albert, PhD

Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mental Health Services on Campuses of Public Institutions of Higher Education, University of Texas System
Watch Dr. Albert’s presentation to the Select Committee (click to forward to the 06:28:43 mark)

Texas Mental Health Background Reading

(last updated March, 2017)

Click here to find more information about key policy topics in mental health. Check back often because this list is regularly updated.

Topics include:

The Overall System
Local Systems Assessments
Best Practice Briefings
Medicaid and 1115 Waiver (DSRIP)
Texas Workforce
Texas Veterans
Justice System
Super Utilizer Use Reduction
First Episode Psychosis
Deeper Background on Mental Health Needs in Texas

Glossary of Key Mental Health TermsMany important terms are used in the mental health policy discussion. MMHPI has distilled them down into a handy reference guide.