February 23, 2011
Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225
Next Wednesday, CHILDREN AT RISK will be releasing, for the first time, the findings of its independent evaluation of juvenile mental health courts across Texas, Texas Juvenile Mental Health Courts: An Evaluation and Blueprint for the Future, which was generously supported by the Meadows Foundation, Inc. We know that, in the state of Texas, youth are significantly more likely to receive treatment for mental illness in the juvenile justice system than through community-based services. Juvenile mental health dockets are highly cost effective solutions, as it costs much less to provide mental health services in the community than in detention or private facilities. Due to the budget shortfall, funding for mental health services is in serious jeopardy. Dallas stakeholders will come together next Wednesday to learn more about CHILDREN AT RISK’s latest research on juvenile mental health dockets and discuss solutions.
The format of the Mental Health Policy Luncheon on February 23rd has changed to an intimate roundtable discussion focusing on juvenile mental health across Texas, and specifically in Dallas. We will be bringing together key stakeholders from the Dallas community to share the results of our latest publication Texas Juvenile Mental Health Courts: An Evaluation and Blueprint for the Future and discuss:
The Mental Health Policy Roundtable will take place at the Communities Foundation of Texas (5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX 75225) on February 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. We hope that you can join us in this critical discussion on mental health services in Dallas and across the state.