Mental Health e-News (March 2016)
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Have You Read The Latest
Edition of The Advocate?

Mental Health America of Greater Houston is shaping the mental health of individuals and communities through collaborations in Education and Training, Advocacy and Public Policy and Public Awareness.

Read The Mental Health Advocate
(Winter 2016)
Thank You Donors & Sponsors

Mental Health America of Greater Houston gratefully recognizes all gifts received between February 1 - 29, 2016.

We strive to acknowledge all gifts presented to MHA Houston. If you have made a gift and it is not listed, please contact
Alicia Hughes, Communications & Development Coordinator, at
Albertsons Safeway    
Benevity Community Impact Fund    
Mr. James Buttler
    in memory of John M. Moore
Ms. Alix CaDavid    
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Calvino
    in memory of John M. Moore
Mr. Roger Dowden
    in memory of John M. Moore
Mr. and Mrs. James Fordice    
Mr. Carlos Garcia    
Ms. Barbra Gilbert
    in memory of John M. Moore
Halliburton Giving Choices
Ms. Ela Karacevic
    in memory of John M. Moore
Mr. Bill Kelly
Ms. Shari Koziol
Mr. and Mrs. Brian McCullough
    in memory of John M. Moore
Ms. Alejandra Posada
Ms. Lauren Pursley
Mr. Tony Solomon
Mr. and Mrs. Valentin V. Torres
    in memory of John M. Moore
Wells Fargo Community Support    
Mr. Russell E. Yates
YourCause Corporate Employee
    Giving Programs
SBISD Shares Best Practices
with School Behavioral Health Learning Community

On February 17, Spring Branch Independent School District (SBISD) professionals, including care coaches and substance use counselors, convened with participants from the School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI) Learning Community at Mental Health America of Greater Houston to gain insight on the innovative practices and programs the district has implemented to address social/emotional learning and systems of care for students.   

#Okaytosay Encourages Texans to Speak Up About Mental Illness

Mental Health America of Greater Houston is proud to partner with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute in the recent launch of its new community-based initiative Okay to Say. The grassroots project aims to change public perception and encourage Texans to openly talk about mental health.

Veterans Program at MHA Houston Receives Congressional Certificate

The Military Veteran Peer Network at Mental Health America of Greater Houston received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee on February 12 for its partnership and exemplary volunteer efforts with The Beacon Day Center, a nonprofit that helps Houston’s underserved and homeless population.

Networking Group Enhances Knowledge of Behavioral Health Providers in Primary Care

Stacy Ogbeide, PsyD, a founding member of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Networking Group, presented on how providers can best integrate behavioral medicine into primary care. While it is essential to the provision of high-quality integrated health care services, most providers do not receive behavioral health training while completing graduate or medical school coursework.

New Insight for Millions Battling Alcohol and Substance Use Addictions

On Thursday, February 11, at The Council on Recovery, Dr. Kevin McCauley, a former Navy flight surgeon and co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study, presented the film, “Memo to Self:  Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety.” 

MHA Houston Upcoming Workshops,
Trainings and Events

MHA is your one-stop resource for mental health education and training, advocacy events and integrated health care learning opportunities VIEW MONTHLY CALENDAR >>
Addressing Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care: A New Frontier in Integrated Health Care

Presenter: Alicia Kowalchuk, DO
Date: Friday, April 1, 2016 - 11:00 am to 1:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Lunch will be provided

CME and CEU Credit:  1 hour of general CEUs available for social workers, LMFTs, LPCs, and LCDCs, as well as 1 hour of CMEs for licensed physicians.

Distribute The Guide for National Brain Injury
Awareness Month

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. 

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