Mental Health e-News (July 2016)
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A Tribute To Mental Health 
Advocate and Friend Philip Burguières
by Susan Fordice, President and CEO

Words are hard to come by when you pay tribute to someone who was larger than life.  Philip Burguières was a hero to those of us in the mental health community.  He spoke openly about living with a diagnosis at a time when that was not done. 

Leadership takes courage and he had it in abundance.  He didn’t hold back when he talked about the struggle and the impact on his family and career.  Everyone present listened with rapt attention and saw a man living successfully with a mental illness.  It was the beginning of his journey to create a better world for others experiencing mental health concerns.  All of us were forever changed as he forged ahead championing one important issue after another.  Stigma, equal insurance coverage for mental health, creating a new home for The Menninger Clinic in Houston, changing attitudes from misunderstanding to acceptance and hope through the many presentations he did around the world, and serving as an inspiration to each of us.  It was a privilege and a delight to be in his presence. 

As we bear our sadness, I try to imagine what he would tell us to do.  I think he might kindly console us with words from his heart that shared his faith and then he’d tell us to get back to work.  I trust he knew that we would continue without fail. 

On behalf of the board and staff of Mental Health America of Greater Houston,
we will miss you, Mr. B.
MHA Houston 50th Anniversary Gala: (l to r): Maureen Hackett, Philip Burguières, Betsy Schwartz and Joan Alexander ring the national Mental Health Bell--a symbol of hope.
ARTICLE: Texas must bolster
mental health workforce

We have a mental health workforce shortage in Texas. Just look at the numbers. Last year, 185 Texas counties out of 254 did not have a single psychiatrist, which left more than 3 million Texans without access to a psychiatrist. 
Welcome McCoy and Blanks to
The Center for School Behavioral Health at
Mental Health America of Greater Houston

Dr. Ann McCoy joins our staff as the Director of Impact and Program Evaluation.  She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Houston and nearly 20 years of research and evaluation experience. Most recently, McCoy worked at the University of Houston as Director of Data Services and Research for All Kids Alliance. 
Betsy Blanks has also joined us as the Professional Development Manager.  Betsy is a graduate of Rice University with a B.A. in English and Policy Studies.  In her previous position, she served as the Senior Education Manager for The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.

Read more about The Center for School Behavioral Health >>
Gully Selected to Lead Public Policy Efforts
Annalee Gulley, a native Houstonian, comes to Mental Health America of Greater Houston as its newest Director of Government Affairs & Public Policy.  With more than a decade of experience working with federal, state and municipal legislators across the country, Gulley began her career in Washington, D.C. with Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and most recently served as Communications and Planning Director for Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards.
Meet Betsy Schwartz Fellow Jerriann Nettles
Jerriann Nettles found her passion for Social Work during her 13-year tenure as an educator, during which time she noticed a strong correlation between teaching and the mental health needs of families and students. This led Jerriann to seek her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. This May, Nettles received the Betsy Schwartz Fellowship at Mental Health America of Greater Houston and will complete her BSW Field Practicum this summer.
Her practicum will focus on Education & Training and The Center for School Behavioral Health. Upon graduation, Jerriann plans to obtain a Master’s Degree and pursue a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker where she plans to incorporate her experience in education with helping children and their families who are struggling with learning disabilities.

Program Manager, Tiffany Ross Appointed to Postpartum Support International (PSI) Committee 
Congratulations to Tiffany Ross, Education and Training Program Manager and coordinator of the Yates Children Memorial Fund (YCMF) Advisory Committee on her recent appointment to the Multicultural Committee of Postpartum Support International.
PSI is one of the nation's premier organizations working on issues of perinatal mental health. In 2008, MHA Houston worked with PSI to host their annual conference in Houston. YCMF founding member, Mary Parnham is a PSI Board of Directors member.  PSI, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is comprised of a world-wide membership. Learn more about PSI at

Integrated Health Care Systems-Change Initiative Finalize Recommendation Report
On June 30, the Integrated Health Care Systems-Change Initiative held a retreat to finalize consensus recommendations regarding financing and workforce preparation for integrated health care. Since the launching of the initiative last August, extensive information in these two areas was compiled through confidential interviews with key stakeholders; system mapping;
best-practice research; site visits; focus groups; and a survey.  A collaborative workgroup consisting of over 35 organizations – including health care providers, payers, institutions of higher education, public entities, and other stakeholders – has worked over the past months to hone recommendations emerging from the information-gathering process. The final set of recommendations addresses policies at all levels, from legislative to institutional or organizational. A recommendations report outlining the consensus recommendations will be released later this month.
Upcoming Workshops,
Professional Trainings & Events

MHA of Greater Houston is your one-stop resource for mental health education and training, advocacy events and integrated health care learning opportunities. 
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Volunteer With Us
Come volunteer on Friday morning July 15th with Hope Farms, a Houston-based, non-profit urban agriculture education project from Recipe for Success. Volunteering is open to all veterans, families and friends.  For More Details >>

2016 Veterans Mental Health Summit
Friday, August 12, 2016
7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
 University of Houston
Agnes Arnold Auditorium 1 

We are in the process of applying for CEUs.  Registration is required to attend this event.


For more information, contact
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Print, Order and Share Mental Health Resources 
The Guide is a listing of mental health resources in Greater Houston and Harris County that are low-cost and/or affordable. It features resources for Children/Adolescents, Adults, Older Adults/Elderly and Veterans, and identifies several resources for Spanish speakers. The Guide is widely used and distributed by schools, hospitals, clinics, mental health professionals and call centers.  Order Free Copies Here >> 
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Mental Health America of Greater Houston, a United Way of Greater Houston Agency since 1958, enhances the mental health of all Houstonians and improves the lives of those with mental illnesses through collaborations, education, outreach and advocacy. 
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