Texas Senate Hearing Focused on Mental Health sets – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Day two of the Senate Special Committee to Protect All Texans hearing focused on mental health.
In the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, the committee wanted to address ways to try and prevent this from happening again.
“Mental health is everyone’s business,” said Sonja Gaines with Texas Health and Human Service Commission. “We all play a role.”
That’s why several mental health agencies from across the state shared with the members the issues they are facing.
A meaningful theme was repeated often about a need for more mental health care workers.
“The state continues to confront a shortage of mental health professionals,” said Dr. Stephanie Chapman, director of dominant care psychology. “If I might add shortages of mental health professionals who speak Spanish in addition as mental health professionals who mirror the communities that they serve.”
Possible solutions were presented like having schools offer mental health curriculums and already school-level mental health screenings.
“Just as schools complete vision screenings and verify immunization position for all students they can use fleeting validated tools to estimate how students are feeling and coping also asking about negative childhood experiences that increase risk for mental health concerns,” Chapman said.
All the agencies are trying to address mental health the best they can. Speakers at Wednesday’s hearing discussed how parents must play a part and be willing to get their children the help they need.
“The work that we do is not to replace the family,” said Dr. David Lakey, presiding officer of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. “It doesn’t replace the role of the parents.”
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