Mental Health Transformation: Moving Toward a Public Health, Early-Intervention Approach in Texas


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Abstract

This column describes a mental health system transformation initiative in Texas that aims to fully integrate mental health as a component of public health and early-intervention efforts. The process has included a formal needs assessment initiative and a broad-based interagency Transformation Workgroup made up of executive-level agency staff, consumers and family members, and representatives of the legislature and governor's office. Community collaboratives have been formed to instigate transformation at the local level. Major objectives include development of consumer and family networks, workforce development and training, and an improved data and technology infrastructure.

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