Texas Counties and Mental Health: Changes and Challenges

July 16 - 17, 2020

Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Ln.
San Marcos, TX 78666

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the Texas Counties and Mental Health: Changes and Challenges Conference, scheduled for July 16-17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

For more information contact Allyssa Lee​ or Adrienne Bethke at (800) 456-5974.

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Ln.
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-6450

Sponsored By

Sponsored by the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Justice Court Training Center.

Overview

According to a recent report from the Texas Judicial Council, approximately 1 million Texans experience serious mental illness in a given year. Also reported, up to 24 percent of Texas inmates have mental health needs. Throughout the state, the responsibility to effectively deal with a rising mental health crisis, as well as shoulder its financial burden, often falls to the court system.

From Harris County's jail diversion pilot program to improving an overburdened competency restoration system, a great deal of progress has been made to help Texans with mental illnesses over the past decade. But there is still a lot of work to be done.

Bridging the gap will include a concerted effort between justices of the peace, county judges and sheriffs to find creative solutions and take steps to solve these issues. This two-day conference, made possible by a Court Personnel Training Fund Grant, has been organized to help do just that.

Attendees, specifically judiciary and sheriffs, will learn about the nature of mental illnesses in the courts, how to create important partnerships and will hear a number of success stories that could be emulated in other areas.

Reimbursement

This program is generously funded by a Court of Criminal Appeals grant. County judges may be reimbursed for attendance in accordance with the grant guidelines. For more information please call Michele Mund at (800) 456-5974.

Who Should Attend

Sheriffs
County Judges
Justices of the Peace: Register with the Texas Justice Court Training Center here.

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel, Spa & Conference Center
1001 E. McCarty Ln.
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-6450

Thursday, July 16
5-7 p.m. Reception
Thursday, July 16
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration
12-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
12:45-1 p.m. Break
1-1:50 p.m. Your County Successes
1:50-2 p.m. Break
2-2:50 p.m. Collaboration in the Area of Mental Health
3-3:50 p.m. Regionalization Projects
4-4:50 p.m. Panel: Successful Collaboration
5-7 p.m. Reception
Friday, July 17
8-9:30 a.m. Critical Response for Law Enforcement, Magistrates and Staff
9-11 a.m. Case Studies Course
11 a.m.-12 p.m. Taking It Back Home
12 p.m. Adjorn
Continuing Education Type Hours
Constitutional County Judges Pending
Justices of the Peace Pending
MCLE credit for attorneys Pending
TCOLE credit for law enforcement personnel Pending

Please email Adrienne Bethke or send fax to (512) 477-1324 to cancel your conference registration.

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