For over a decade, every leading indicator related to mental health and addiction has been worsening. COVID-19 has exacerbated this preexisting epidemic, significantly increasing conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 40% of adults and 56% of children reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder. Moreover, the effects of COVID-19 have widened the underlying inequities in mental health care and access for historically marginalized communities. During this webinar, a panel of experts explored how the 87th Texas State Legislature has responded to these challenges and how its behavioral health-related decisions and appropriations will impact the delivery of mental health services across the state and in Greater Houston.
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10:00 a.m. — Welcome
10:15 a.m. — Legislative Overview
10:30 a.m. — Panel Discussion
William Martin, Ph.D.
Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy; Director, Drug Policy Program, Baker Institute
Nelson Jarrin, J.D.
Vice President of Government Affairs, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Kelly Hackett, J.D.
Vice President, Hackett Family Foundation
Andy Keller, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Linda Perryman Evans Presidential Chair, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Quianta Moore, M.D., J.D.
Huffington Fellow in Child Health Policy, Baker Institute
Gary Blau, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Hackett Center for Mental Health
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