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February 23: Mental Health Policy Roundtable

February 23, 2011 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Mental Health Policy Roundtable

Mental Health Policy Implications and the Need for Mental Health Courts

February 23, 2011
Roundtable: 11:30am-1:00pm

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:

  • Findings from the statewide evaluation (Dr. Bob Sanborn, President & CEO and Tanya Makany-Rivera, Assistant Director of Public Policy, CHILDREN AT RISK)
  • Best practices, challenges, and lessons learned when creating and implementing a juvenile mental health docket (Linda Duke, M.A., LBSW, Casework Manager, COPE Mental Health Court)
  • Current realities for mental health services, the Capitol’s response, and the potential impact on Dallas (Ashley Zugelter, Executive Director and John Dornheim, Board Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness Dallas)
  • Juvenile justice initiatives in Dallas County (Desiree Kilcrease-Flemming, PhD., Deputy Director of Administrative and Educational Services, Dallas County Juvenile Probation; Ron Stretcher, Director, Criminal Justice Department for Dallas County)

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.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Tanya Rivera at (713) 869-7740 or trivera@childrenatisk.org to RSVP.


February 23, 2011
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Lane
Dallas, TX 75225 United States
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(713) 869-7740