Veteran Case Managers have helped 65 Veterans and their families to date, far exceeding grant expectations.
The Behavioral Health Leadership Team launched the Veteran Community Navigator program, a pilot case management program helping Veterans in crisis through a collaborative Health and Human Services Commission Texas Veterans and Family Alliance Pilot Program Grant awarded to the Denton County Veterans Coalition, Denton County Veterans Service Office, Denton County MHMR and United Way of Denton County. Senator Jane Nelson, author of Senate Bill 55, joined Denton County leaders, Veterans and their families to commemorate the launch.
The Behavioral Health Leadership Team appointed its 2016 – 2017 Officers.
- Chair – Mr. Joe Mulroy
- Co-Chair – Dr. Teresa McKinney
- Secretary – Ms. Melinda Galler
- Past Chair – Judge Barbara Gailey
In its first recommendation, the Behavioral Health Leadership Team recommended that United Way of Denton County grant to NAMI Denton County, funding the expansion of Peer Support Groups in Denton County. The United Way of Denton County board unanimously approved this recommendation, and United Way of Denton County presented NAMI Denton County with their grant on December 16, 2015.
The Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team unanimously approved our first vision and mission statements as recommended by the Strategic Planning committee
Comprehensive behavioral health for every person in Denton County
The Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team will advocate and facilitate a collaborative person-centered behavioral health system to repair and restore lives:
- Ensure behavioral health services are available to meet the needs of all
- Assess data for continuous outcome measurements
- Prioritize data driven recommendations
- Provide a continuum of care
A sixth workgroup is added to provide the Behavioral Health Leadership Team with a consumer perspective on behavioral health systems in Denton County.
The Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team convened for the first time, forming five new workgroups and establishing our charter to create systems change for behavioral health services in Denton County.
Based on extensive fact-finding and collaboration with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, the Denton County Citizen's Council on Mental Health recommended creating a collective impact initiative to move Denton County behavioral health systems of care out of crisis mode.
In response to the newly published Mental Health Needs Assessment and thanks to a generous private donation, United Way of Denton County convened the Denton County Citizen's Council on Mental Health to perform in-depth study and community education about mental health needs and systems of care in Denton County.
In addition to Community Needs Assessment updates, United Way of Denton County published a Mental Health Needs Assessment with key findings:
- In 2012, Denton County was the lowest-funded counties in the lowest-funded state for mental health spending per capita
- Annually, an estimated 66,000 people in Denton County may meet the criteria for a diagnosible mental illness
- Denton County MHMR serves adults and children significantly beyond their funded capacity on a monthly basis, and are still unable to meet the existing mental health needs in Denton County