Welcome to my blog: Family Voices Matter! Please browse my pages & posts, where I hope you will find what you seek. You may find information on the different Community Mental Health services here in Texas, information on how to improve our system, or the writings of a another parent that “get’s it” and is speaking… Continue reading Home
The Texas Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC) is asking for the public to make recommendations on their request for funding they will soon send to the Texas Legislature. If you want the agency to know what services and programs are important to you and your family, this is a great chance to let your voice be heard!
DEADLINE: This Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm CST
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is currently a department under the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Their website is: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/ From the About Us page, the agency is self-described as follows: Vision A Healthy Texas Mission To improve health and well-being in Texas DSHS Strategic and Operational Goals Goal 1: Prevent and… Continue reading Texas Department of State Health Services
We Need YOU in Austin Next Thursday, November 13!! Who: Families of children with mental health needs, and all those that support them When: Thursday, November 13, 2014 @ 8:30 AM Where: 1400 Congress Ave., Austin, TX Senate Finance Committee Room E1.036, Capitol Extension To reach the Capitol in Austin, from I-35 exit at 12th street. Travel… Continue reading Hearing on the Sunset Commission HHSC Report – Public Testimony Scheduled Nov. 13th
DEADLINE TODAY!! Tell Sunset that YOUTH & FAMILIES MATTER!! Earlier this week I posted about the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission staff report on HHSC, and specifically Issue 13. The recommendations of Issue 13 include dissolving state advisory boards that are critical to families in Texas having a voice in the legislative process. It took years of… Continue reading Call to Action: Please submit your comments to the Sunset Commission by 5:00 PM CST today!! Tell them you OPPOSE ISSUE 13!!
On Friday, October 3rd, 2014, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission staff published their report of recommendation to Sunset on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). While many of the recommendations have merit, there is one issue of vital importance to Texas families with children with mental health challenges. If you or someone you love… Continue reading HHSC Sunset Staff report published: Texas Youth and Family Call to Action – Oppose Issue 13!
https://www.sunset.texas.gov/ The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission began in 1977 as a process to streamline state government. The operative number for Sunset is 12: 12 members Reviews each state agency every 12 years The members of Sunset change with each session. Of course, they can’t review every agency each session, so there is a scheduled rotation… Continue reading The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
There are so many things I want to say, and feel like I need to share, with the world. If I can make a policymaker see how critical the issues facing children struggling to achieve mental wellness in Texas are, or teach a parent or family member something about the system they are trying to… Continue reading Why I Started a Blog about Family Advocacy for Children’s Mental Wellness in Texas, and Why I Won’t Burn Out Anytime Soon