Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, formed the House Select Committee on Mental Health Monday. This sorely needed committee will take a look at behavioral health systems in the state.
“We have taken some major steps to address the state’s mental health needs,” said Straus in a news release. “It’s important not to look at these issues in isolation, but rather to take a comprehensive view of how to improve the system. Many legislators asked that we take a closer look at various issues related to mental health, and it became clear that one committee should look at all of those issues together.”
The committee will also look into substance abuse treatment, early identification and care giving. Also, it is to examine veterans’ care and the challenges they face in getting proper diagnoses and treatment.
Texas needs to update the framework of its lackluster mental health care system, and this committee will hopefully bring new solutions on how to do so.