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Mental Health Monday

Week of April 1, 2013



Please contact your State Senator and State Representative in support of these bills:


HB 489 by Menendez Establishes penalties for harassing individuals with disabilities, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who use service animals.  Amends the Texas Health Code to allow service animals to accompany their owners in restaurants, and provides for training of food service personnel.


HB  633 by Farias: Allows voluntary contributions to the state fund for veterans assistance when applying for a driver’s license or personal identification.  Money collected will fund grants to local governments and not-for-profit agencies for programs serving veterans and their families.


HB 2392 by Menendez Requires the Texas Department of State Health Services to expand existing mental health  intervention programs for veterans to include peer-to-peer counseling, jail diversion, and grants for local and regional organizations serving these needs for veterans.


HB 3064 by Menendez Allows the release of unclaimed cremated remains of veterans to a veterans cemetery or to a veterans service organization for transport to a veterans cemetery for burial.


HB 3543 by Menendez Incorporates suicide prevention in the training and exams for local County Veterans Services Officers.


SB 109 by West Directs the Texas Department of Community Affairs to establish goals regarding improving coordination of housing services for certain groups, including veterans.


SB 462 by Huffman Requires Drug Courts, including Veterans Drug Courts and Mental Health Courts to follow programmatic best practices to be eligible for state and federal funds.


SB1476 by West Establishes a Veterans’ Entrepreneur Program to provide outreach, awareness and guidance for entrepreneurs who are veterans through conferences, seminars and training workshops.



Go to and  enter your address 



Follow Instructions above, then:  Click on the name of your State Senator.  Your Senator's webpage will appear.   Look in the blue box at the top of the page, and you will see an E-mail option.  Click on it, and an e-mail form will appear.



If you prefer to send your message by U.S. Postal Service, please use the following addresses:


For all State Representatives:  P. O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas  78768-2910


For all State Senators:  P. O. Box 12068, Austin, Texas  78711-2068


Please be aware that for security purposes, all mail is opened and inspected before it is delivered to the Legislator’s office to whom it is addressed.  This may delay delivery by a number of days, so when time is of the essence, especially if a bill is scheduled for hearing or a vote, it is preferable to send an e-mail or to call the office and leave a message regarding your opinion on the bill in question for your Senator or Representative.  Be sure to provide the exact bill number, its sponsor’s name, the current status of the bill if you know it, and note your support or opposition to it. 


For more information, or for regular updates on these and other bills related to mental health,

please contact Janie Metzinger, Public Policy Director, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas

(214) 871-2420, Ext. 114 or



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Past Mental Health Mondays

5-13-2013 Mental Illness Commitment Criteria

5-6-2013 State Budget Conference Committee

4-29-2013 Back the Blue!

4-22-2013 Expediting Court Procedures for People with Mental Illness

4-15-2013 Mental Health Training for School Personnel

4-8-2013 Transparency

4-1-2013 TX Veterans Mental Health Legislation

3-25-2013 Support Assisted Outpatient Treatment Bills

3-18-2013 Take Notice of Key Legislators For Their Efforts

3-11-2013 Attention to Cihildren's Mental Health Funding

3-2-2013 Substance-Use Prevention and Treatment

2-25-2013 Mental Health Advocacy Day in Austin

2-11-2013 State Budget

2-4-2013 State Budget

1-28-2013 State Budget

1-14-2013 Federal Issues