NAMI Denton County to host presentation to address mental health concerns (The Leader)

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As published in The Leader, Dec. 2, 2015

The recent formation and goals of the Denton County Behavioral Health Leadership Team (BHLT) will be explained at a public presentation Dec. 7 at the North Central Texas College (NCTC) Campus in Flower Mound.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the First Floor Lecture Hall of the campus, located at 1200 Parker Square Road off Cross Timbers Road and west of Kirkpatrick Lane.

Lacrica Olson, MPA, community impact director for health and mental health initiatives for United Way of Denton County, Inc., will describe the short history of this organization, its membership and workgroups and how the BHLT plans to impact mental health services in Denton County.

The Denton County BHLT membership includes civic and community leaders, mental health professionals, the Denton County sheriff and other law enforcement agencies' representatives, mental health services providers, and other stakeholders such as persons with mental illness and their family members and friends.

United Way of Denton County, Inc., estimates there are 77,000 Denton County residents living with mental illness. Olson will provide more details about a local mental health needs assessment for the county and the need for increased services for these residents.

NAMI Denton County, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is hosting this presentation. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness and their families and friends. Locally, NAMI Denton County holds support groups both for persons living with mental illness and for their family members, friends and caregivers. For more information about NAMI Denton County, visit