Texas Gears Up To Offset Student Loans For Rural Psychiatrists

Back in April, Irving physician recruitment firm published a study that found 185 of Texas’ 254 counties lack a psychiatrist. And during the legislative session, the statehouse responded. A bill sponsored by state Sen. Chuck Schwertner, R-Georgetown, passed into law that will give cash incentives to medical school graduates to practice in underserved areas to pay down their student loan. Full Story

Dallas Officials Aiming To Save Lives, Money By Empowering And Treating Chronically Homeless

Mental health is at the center of the Cottages at Hickory Crossing, an $8.2 million public-private partnering that hopes to empower and treat the chronically homeless. They’re given their own residence on the nearly three-acre site and provided on-location mental healthcare and treatment. Full Story

Texas Veterans to Gain More Access to Mental Health Services

Brian Escobedo has served three tours in Iraq, survived insurgent attacks, and earned a Purple Heart. Those attacks prompted post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression—conditions he overcame largely through counseling and peer support. He now serves as a full-time peer counselor at the Lone Star Veterans Association in Houston, as well as a volunteer coordinator with Texas’ Military Veteran Peer Network. And the 83rd Texas Legislature recognized the network’s value to soldiers like Escobedo. Lawmakers mandated increasing veterans’ access to mental health professionals, appropriating $4 million more in the 2014-15 Department of State Health Services budget to help service members, veterans, and their families connect with… Full Story