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May 29, 2018
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GUILLEN ANNOUNCES COUNTIES RECEIVING ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH GRANTS
2 Organizations Serving District 31 Win State Grants To Support Community Mental Health Programs
AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) is pleased to announce that eight counties in his district are receiving additional mental health grants. Thanks to these grants, the Community Hopes Projects and Ecumenical Center will be able to provide more much needed mental health services to members of the South Texas community.
"Despite the fact that 1 in 5 Texans will experience a mental health concern, as recently as last year we lagged behind other states in terms of funding mental health services," said Guillen. "Last session, we worked to turn around our approach to mental health and boosted funding by $330 million. These grants will help improve access to important mental healthcare to South Texans in rural communities like ours."
The grants are a result of the passage of HB 13 last session, of which Representative Guillen was a critical supporter. HB 13 created community mental health grants which are awarded to providers of mental health services in order to help them provide those much needed services in their community. These grants allow individuals experiencing mental illness to receive help in their own community, and should help reduce the number of miles individuals will have to travel to receive the care that they need. Grants given out through this program will fund expansion of treatment, promote recovery, and improve quality of life for individuals with mental illness.
Along with his support of HB 13, Guillen was an author of HB 10, another important measure in the fight for better mental healthcare in Texas. Before the bills passage, healthcare plans in Texas often lacked adequate coverage for mental health and substance abuse issues. HB 10 required that Texas plans offer the same benefits for mental health conditions as they do for other medical conditions and procedures.
"We must work hard to make sure that all Texans have convenient access to quality mental health services at a price they can afford. There is still a lot of work to be done, but these measures are a great start," added Guillen.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen