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June 17, 2021

To RSVP for the 87th Legislative Wrap-Up Forum event: 
please click
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*Zoom link will be sent to those who register*
87th Legislative Session Wrap Up
Sydney Carter testified on May 12, 2021 in favor of HB 4, a telehealth expansion bill, at the Senate Health & Human Services committee.
After four and a half months, the 87th Texas Legislative Session concluded on May 31, 2021. Over 7,000 bills were filed, and NBHP tracked more than 200 related to mental health and substance use disorders. NBHP conducted more than 30 virtual and in-person legislative meetings; provided 8 written and oral testimonies; and mobilized more than 170 advocates to send over 1,500 messages to their legislators on important mental health and substance used disorder-related bills.

Thanks to our collective efforts, dozens of behavioral health-focused bills passed, including three of NBHP’s priority bills. They are:
  • HB 4, which will expand telehealth service access, including for behavioral health care;
  • HB 133, which will extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum women from two months to six months; and
  • HB 707, which will require a study regarding the expansion of recovery housing in Texas.
Budget-wise, mental health and substance use disorder services were able to maintain level funding, as well as secure an additional $40 million over the biennium to fund 168 indigent beds at the new UTHealth Behavioral Sciences Center. 

We want to thank everyone who advocated for bills, provided testimony, submitted comments, engaged in advocacy alerts, made phone calls to legislators, etc. Your efforts helped make meaningful change for behavioral health in Texas.

Now as we move into the interim period between sessions, be sure to stay tuned for other NBHP state and local advocacy projects to come!
     
     
Episcopal Health Foundation
Grant Support
We would like to thank the Episcopal Health Foundation for its generous support of NBHP’s Pathways Community HUB Planning effort and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative. The funds will allow us to work with community stakeholders to assess the feasibility of implementing the evidence-based Pathways Community HUB care coordination model in Houston. We also will be able to hire a consultant to help NBHP and its member organizations implement initiatives that create more equitable and inclusive workplaces.  

The Pathways Community HUB planning effort will kick off on Thursday, June 24. For more information about participating, please contact Andrea Usanga at ausanga@nbhp.org.

To learn more about NBHP’s DEI work, including the CEO pledge it developed, visit: NBHP DEI Pledge.  
Psychological First Aid Volunteers Needed!
The 2021 hurricane season is underway, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting another above-normal season. In the event our region is affected by a major disaster, we will need hundreds of volunteers to ensure a strong disaster behavioral health response. If you are interested in being a disaster behavioral health volunteer, please join our efforts!
  • To become a trained PFA volunteer, please take the 6-hour course at: Psychological First Aid Online. You do not have to be a behavioral health clinician to take this course. 
  • Once you receive your certification, please join the local Volunteer Registry by clicking here: PFA Volunteer Registry. You can sign up to be part of the local registry if you have completed your PFA training within the past two years.
Pride Month
June has been recognized as LGBTQ Pride Month in the United States and is commemorated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York City. Stonewall marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ communities across the country. As NBHP celebrates Pride Month, it would like to highlight the work of NBHP member organization The Montrose Center as it opens the first LGBTQ-affirming senior living center in Houston.

The Law Harrington Senior Living Center was named in honor of Charles Law, a gay Black Houston activist and Gene Harrington, who was a law professor at Texas Southern University and an activist for HIV services, medication and rights. The community features 112 units available to residents 62 or older, meeting maximum income requirements. The Center’s programming is specifically designed for LGBTQ seniors, making it the largest community of its kind in the United States and the first in Texas. Legacy Community Health will provide residents and nearby communities with primary medical care on-site, including services for seniors living with HIV. 

The Law Harrington Senior Living Center marks a significant milestone for the LGBTQ community in both the city and across the state. 

To learn more about The Law Harrington Senior Living Center, visit the FAQs page by clicking 
here
Member Announcements
Check out announcements and upcoming virtual connections from our member organizations:

Family Houston
Virtual Mental Health Resources
Resources include articles, videos, and interviews on important topics in English and Spanish. Access a collection of mental health resources from Family Houston by clicking on the link


Healthcare for the Homeless
Homeless Success Day
Date: Monday June 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

A free online event that highlights the inspiring stories of individuals who have moved beyond homelessness.
To join, visit their Facebook invite: Homeless Success Day


HGI Counseling
5th Bi-Annual ICCP International Meeting
Join the ICCP Community, during three weeks in June, for an international, virtual event that closes on June 26.
To register, visit: HGI Counseling ICCP International Meeting 


Memorial Assistance Ministries
Winter Storm Relief Fund Announcement
Relief funds for those who were impacted by Winter Storm Uri are available through MAM.
To check for eligibility and qualification, click on
Winter Storm Relief Fund 


Menninger Clinic
Borderline Personality Disorder and Motherhood
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021 from 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
To register, visit: Borderline Personality Disorder


Mental Health America of Greater Houston 
Project ECHO 102 Series
Date: June 21, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MHA of Greater Houston has launched Project ECHO 102 Series starting in June. Project ECHO is a guided-practice model that reduces health disparities in under-served and remote areas of the nation. They will be hosting an informational session to learn more about Project ECHO.  
To register, visit: Project ECHO 102 Series 
ABOUT NBHP
NBHP is a collaborative of the leadership of more than 40 mental health and substance use disorder service providers in the greater Houston area. If you are a behavioral health provider interested in joining NBHP, please visit Membership  for more information.
NBHP Contact Information

Andrea Usanga
Executive Director
Email: ausanga@nbhp.org
Phone: 713-970-7046

Sineria Ordóñez 
Project Manager
Email: sordonez@nbhp.org
Phone: 713-970-3410

Alexis Campbell 
C3 Project Manager
Email: acampbell@nbhp.org
Phone: 713-970-3910 

Sydney Carter
Mental Health Policy Fellow
Email: scarter@nbhp.org 
Phone: 713-970-7061 
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