Consortium provides new and improved mental health services in Texas

Consortium provides new and improved mental health services in Texas


SAFETY, COMING UP. ((MUSIC)) ROBERT:STATE LEADERS DEDICATED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO NEW SECURITY STRUCTURES, PLANNING, AND TRAINING AFTER LAST YEAR’S DEADLY SANTA FE SCHOOL SHOOTING. EARLIER ON KXAN NEWS AT 5, WE WALKED YOU THROUGH LAWMAKERS’ PLANS GOING INTO EFFECT THIS SCHOOL YEAR.SYDNEY: NOW, POLITLICAL REPORTER PHIL PRAZAN TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT A LARGE MENTAL HEALTH REFORM THAT’S PART OF THAT SOLUTION. STATE LAWMAKERS WERE TRYING SOMETHING NEW. THEY SEARCHED FOR THE LINE BETWEEN PROTECTING CHILD PRIVACY AND KNOWING WHEN VIOLENT THOUGHTS COULD TURN INTO VIOLENT ACTS. IT WAS A TOUCHY ISSUE FOR SOME WITH PRIVACY CONCERNS LIKE THESE PARENTS WHO SPOKE OUT AT THE CAPITOL.ALICE LINAHAN///WOMEN ON THE WALLAS A MOM, I WILL NOT STAND BY QUIETLY. AS ELECTED OFFICIALS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WORK TO DESTROY MY STATE, AND MY NATION, AND ESPECIALLY MY CHILDREN. I WILL NOT BE QUIET CHILDREN. I WILL NOT BE QUIET BUT THE POLITICAL WILL TO DO SOMETHING AFTER STUDENT AND TEACHERS WERE KILLED AT SANTA FE.. SUCCEEDED IN WORKING THROUGH THOSE CONCERNS.THE STATE WILL SOON PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH. TEXAS HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SHORTAGES:IN COUNSELORS, IN SOCIAL WORKERS, IN PSYCHIATRISTS.VOTERS SENT LAWMAKERS TO AUSTIN IN 2019 TO FIX THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THAT KEPT BUBBLING VIOLENTLY INTO VIEW. GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT NAMED STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH – ALONG WITH SCHOOL SAFETY – AN EMERGENCY ITEM. FLOWER MOUND REPUBLICAN SENATOR JANE NELSON WOULD MAKE THE CAUSE HERâ(tm)S. SEN. JANE NELSON, R-FLOWER MOUND – THE GOVERNOR SET UP TASK FORCES AND RIGHT AWAY THERE WAS A CLAMOR FOR HARDENING OUR SCHOOLS. PUTTING METAL DETECTORS, AND THATâ(tm)S FINE. BUT THAT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ROOT PROBLEM, AND THAT IS THERE ARE SOME CHILDREN WHO NEED TO BE IDENTIFIED AND HELPED US POTENTIAL SERIOUS RISKS TO THEMSELVES AND OTHERS.SHE HAD TO FIND A WAY TO PROVIDE MORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO THE SPRAWLING STATE OF TEXAS; WHERE COMMUNITIES CAN BE GEOGRAPHICALLY, CULTURALLY, AND ECONOMICALLY DIVERS. SHE DECIDED TO LEAN ON A HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ALREADY EXISTED. PUMPING $100 MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH THE THIRTEEN HEALTH RELATED UNIVERSITIES OF HIGHER EDUCATION.THEY’D FORM THE BACKBONE TO THE CHILD MENTAL HEALTHCARE CONSORTIUM. EACH UNIVERSITY WOULD PARTNER WITH STATE HEALTH AGENCIES AND NON-PROFITS TO PROVIDE CHILD PSYCHIATRY CENTERS: LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SCHOOL DISTRICTS COULD TAP INTO. TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF PRIVACYâ| NONE OF THIS COULD BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM A STUDENTâ(tm)S FAMILY.THE IDEA PASSED FAMILY.STUDENTâ(tm)S FAMILY. THE IDEA PASSED UNANIMOUSLY IN THE SENATE…BUT NEEDED FAST ACTION FROM HOUSE LEADERS TO OVERCOME A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN WHO FOUND A PROCEDURAL MISHAP THAT NEARLY SCUTTLED THE ENTIRE PLAN.HOUSE SPEAKER DENNIS BONNEN AND HIS ALLIES ATTACHED THE CONSORTIUM TO THE SCHOOL SAFETY REFORM THAT ALREADY PASSED. THE BILL WAS APPROVED AND SOON GOVERNOR ABBOTT SIGNED IT INTO LAW. NELSON SAT TO HIS RIGHT. SEN. JANE NELSON, R-FLOWER MOUND – I HEARD FROM SO MANY TEACHERS AND PARENTS AND PEDIATRICIANS THAT THEY JUST DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO GO. THEY NEEDED MORE THAN WHAT WAS AVAILABLE TO THEM. IN CENTRAL TEXAS, THE REGIONAL HUB WILL BE THE DELL MEDICAL SCHOOL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN. IN THE NEXT YEAR THEY PLAN TO HOUSE COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS STUDENTS CAN USE.ALSO… THEY HOPE TO SET UP A WIDE ARRAY OF TELE- MEDICINE SERVICES SO COMMUNITIES ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF CENTRAL TEXAS CAN USE THOSE SERVICES OVER INTERNET VIDEO. THEY HOPE TO GET IT UP AND READY BY THIS NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, AND WE’RE GOING TO STAY WITH THIS AND WATCH ITS SUCCESSES AND FAILURES, AND WE’RE GOING TO KEEP TRACK OF THOSE PRIVACY ISSUES IN THE DAYS AHEAD.SYDNEY:THANKS PHIL. THE PRIVACY CONCERNS YOU HEARD FROM THE PARENT IN THAT STORY ARE CERTAINLY SOMETHING WE’RE KEEPING IN MIND, AS OUR SPECIAL COVERAGE CONTINUES ALL WEEK.AND TONIGHT ON KXAN NEWS AT 10… WE LOOK CLOSER AT ANOTHER CONTROVERSIAL ASPECT OF THE STATE’S PLAN… DISTRICTS ASSESSING STUDENTS ON THE LIKELIHOOD THEY’LL CARRY OUT A THREAT.((MUSIC)) ONLINE NOW, EXPLORE OUR DIGITAL PROJECT – SAVE OUR STUDENTS: SOLUTIONS FOR WELLNESS & SAFETY.SEE WHY WE’RE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC.STORIES FROM ACROSS THE NATION. IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS WITH THE SCHOOL WORKERS ON THE FRONT LINE.INTERACTIVE ANALYSIS OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND YOUR CHILDREN.PLUS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH… AND RESOURCES TO GET HELP FOR YOUR FAMILY.IT’S ALL ONLINE NOW AT

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  1. Like the boy who killed his sister. The mother ignored professionals that said her son needed help with homicidal tendencies.

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