Updated: Stakeholder Meeting for Analysis of Public Behavioral Health System

We have a wonderful opportunity for grassroots advocacy in December and January. As a result of legislation, HHSC and DSHS is undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the public behavioral health system. There will be 6 stakeholder meetings to gather input, and we strongly encourage you to attend and express your opinion. The first hearing was held December 14, 2011 in Austin. The other meetings are scheduled for January, at times found below. The locations are El Paso, Harlingen, Lubbock, Dallas and Houston. The website listed below will provide updated information, and you can subscribe and receive updates automatically. PLEASE take the time to participate in these very important hearings. If you cannot attend, you can submit comments via email. Please see below for how to do this.

If you have any questions regarding the public stakeholder forums, please contact Joey Longley at jlongley@civicinitiatives.com or Public Consulting Group at txbhstudy@pcgus.com. If you are not able to attend, you can also submit input to the Public Consulting Group at txbhstudy@pcgus.com.






December 14, 2011 10 AM – 1 PM Austin Brown Heatly Building – Public Hearing Room
4900 N. Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
January 11, 2012 4 PM – 8 PM – New Time Lubbock Texas Tech Health Sciences Center – Academic Classroom Bldg Room ACB 110
3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79430

Google Map of 3601 4th Street • Texas Tech Health Sciences Center – Lubbock Campus Map (PDF) 

January 13, 2012 10 AM – 1 PM Dallas Center for Community Cooperation
2900 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204

Google Map of 2900 Live Oak Street

January 17, 2012 – New Date 1 PM – 4 PM Harlingen Rio Grande State Center
1401 Rangerville Rd
Harlingen, TX 78551

Google Map of 1401 Rangerville Road

January 19, 2012 – New Date 4 PM – 7 PM El Paso El Paso First Health Plans, Inc.
1145 Westmoreland
El Paso, Texas 79925

Google Map of 1145 Westmoreland

January, 25 2012 – Date, Time, Location Announced 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Houston DePelchin Children’s Center (Driving Directions from DePelchin.org)
4950 Memorial Drive
Houston, Texas 77007

Google Map of 4950 Memorial


Stakeholder Forums Begin December 14 in Austin
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) would like to announce the scheduling of six (6) public stakeholder forums to be conducted by Public Consulting Group (PCG) as part of the comprehensive analysis of the public behavioral health system. The study of the public behavioral health system is required by DSHS Rider 71, General Appropriations Act, 82nd Texas Legislature, 2011. PCG’s efforts will focus on two major components: (1) a comprehensive study of the current public behavioral health system in Texas and (2) short and long term recommendations for the Texas behavioral health system.
The six (6) stakeholder meetings will be used by PCG to provide stakeholders with an overview of the engagement and to gather stakeholder input on the current behavioral health system. Stakeholders will be encouraged to provide feedback on topics including, but not limited to, access to services, service delivery models, current service array, and funding for services. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide input on general strengths and weaknesses of the current behavioral health system and thoughts on the future direction of behavioral health services in Texas.
For complete information, please visit the Comprehensive Analysis web page: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/mhsa-analysis.aspx. As the time and location of other forums around the state are confirmed, details will be posted to the Comprehensive Analysis page and announced via email to subscribers of the MHSA News and Announcements and Comprehensive Analysis web pages. 
You can view or update your subscriptions, password or e-mail address at any time on your User Profile Page. All you will need are your e-mail address and your password (if you selected one).
This service is provided to you at no charge by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Visit us on the web at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/.
If you have any problems with the subscription service e-mail support@govdelivery.com for assistance.

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