Texas Counties and Mental Health: Changes and Challenges

July 21 - 22, 2022

Austin Marriott North
2600 La Frontera Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78681

Online registration is closed. You may register on site. Thank you!

For more information contact Ashley Royer or Regan Frugé at (800) 456-5974.

Austin Marriott North
2600 La Frontera Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78681

Sponsored by:
The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Tech University School of Law.

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.

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.

Who Should Attend
County Judges
Justices of the Peace

Registration Information
Constitutional County Judges and Sheriffs: Register on this page. There is no registration fee.

Justices of the Peace: Registration will open in early 2022at www.tjctc.org.

Reimbursement for County Judges
This program is partially funded by a Judicial and Court Personnel Training Fund Grant administered by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. In accordance with the grant guidelines, judges may be reimbursed for attendance to this conference, the Fall Judicial Education Session, the Spring Judicial Education Session or Texas College of Probate Judges, up to $750 total per fiscal year.

All travel reservations made through third party vendors (Hotels.com, Expedia.com, Booking.com, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. For more information on reimbursement, please call Ashley Royer at (800) 456-5974.

Reimbursements must be submitted to TAC no later than Aug. 31, 2022. Any request received after Aug. 31 will not be reimbursed, per grant rules.

Reimbursement may be provided for all county officials and staff.

Austin Marriott North
2600 La Frontera Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78681

For reservations, book your room online or call 1-888-236-2427 and request space in the TAC Mental Health room block. Rooms at the group rate of $102 and are limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible. The deadline for this guaranteed room rate is July 7, 2022.

The Welcome Reception is on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 21
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
12-1 p.m. Lunch Provided
12:30-12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
1-2:15 p.m. COVID and Mental Health
Speaker: Ms. Adrienne Kennedy, National Alliance on Mental Health
2:30-4 p.m. Magistration at the Jail
Speaker: Mr. Randall Sarosdy, General Counsel, Texas Justice Court Training Center
4:15-5:15 p.m. Working with Stakeholders: What is Sequential Intercept Mapping?
Speaker: Panel from Judicial Commission on Mental Health
5:15 p.m. Welcome Reception
Friday, July 22
7 a.m.-12 p.m. Registration Desk Open
7-8 a.m. Breakfast Provided
8-9:30 a.m. Eliminate the Wait
Speakers: Dr. Jennie M. Simpson, State Forensic Director and Associate Commissioner, Texas Health & Human Services Commission
Ms. Kristi Taylor, Executive Director, Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health
9:45-11 a.m. Responding to Mental Health Crises
Speaker: Hon. Thomas Kerss, Law Enforcement & Simulator Consultants Supervisor, Texas Association of Counties
11-11:15 a.m. Closing Remarks

*Agenda is subject to change

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges 6.5
Justices of the Peace Pending
Sheriffs 7

Please email Regan Frugé to cancel your conference registration. You may also fax a notice of cancellation to (512) 477-1324.

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