New Year Brings Cautious Hope for Mental Health Care

Texas has lagged far behind virtually every other state when it comes to investment in mental health care. But after lawmakers allocated record levels of funding to mental health services during the 2013 legislative session, and with the beginning of expanded mental health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act, advocates say they see new cause for optimism — and still more room for improvement. 

After a spate of mass shootings in 2012 sparked heated national debate about gun control and mental health — but little action from federal lawmakers — the Texas Legislature made mental health care a priority. State lawmakers approved ...

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