A town-hall style planning meeting for mental health crisis intervention has been set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The meeting will be held in the second floor courtroom of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Waxahachie.
“The Texas Legislature has appropriated new funding for mental health crisis intervention,” said Mackie Owens, a licensed master social worker who serves as Ellis County’s representative and vice president of the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority.
“A plan for the seven-county region served by the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority needs to be submitted to the state early in October, in order for this region to receive its share of this new funding,” Owens said.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has called for regional plans to include services such as a crisis hotline and mobile outreach, walk-in crisis care, children’s inpatient crisis care, emergency psychiatric care with observation, crisis stabilization units, jail diversion and crisis residential treatment.
“We need to hear from the community on this,” Owens said. “We need input from consumers and their family members, from elected officials, from doctors and hospitals, from law enforcement and any other members of the community that have an interest or a concern in relation to mental health crisis intervention.”
County Judge Chad Adams said he hopes the community will take an active part in the planning effort.
“This is an important opportunity for us to take a look at the services that the state is providing to the mentally ill, at least in terms of response to a crisis,” he said. “The stronger the participation in this planning opportunity, the better our input into the overall plan will be.”
A compilation of the crisis intervention solutions proposed throughout the region will be reviewed by the NTBHA board before being forwarded to DSHS.
Individuals unable to attend the meeting may submit their ideas and concerns in writing by mailing them to Owens at 411 E. Jefferson St., Waxahachie, 75165, or faxing them to her at (972) 923-2445.