Mental Health Workshop

April 13

Abilene Convention Center
1100 N. Sixth St.
Abilene, TX 79601

For more information, contact Ashley Royer or Regan Williams at (800) 456‑5974.

Abilene Convention Center
1100 N. Sixth St.
Abilene, TX 79601

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 2023 at

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 (,,, etc.) cannot be reimbursed. For more information on reimbursement, please call Ashley Royer at (800) 456‑5974.

Reimbursements must be submitted to TAC within 60 days of the event. Any reimbursement received after 60 days will not be reimbursed.

Reimbursement may be provided for county judges only.

Abilene Convention Center
1100 N. Sixth St.
Abilene, TX 79601

There is no previously negotiated hotel rate for this conference. The following hotels are close to the convention center.

Home2Suites by Hilton
2109 Scottish Rd.
Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 677-1100

Holiday Inn Abilene
3525 W Lake Rd.
Abilene, TX 79601
(325) 673-1400

Thursday, April 13
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Registration Desk Open
9:10-10:30 a.m. Magistrate's Duty
Speakers: Hon. Jackie Miller, Justice of the Peace, Ellis County
Mr. Joe Stephens, Chief Public Defender, Concho Valley Public Defender's Office
Hon. Holly Williamson, Justice of the Peace, Harris Count
10:45-11:45 a.m. Mental Health Diversion Practices
Speaker: Hon. Keith Schroeder, Judge, Burleson County
12-1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1-2 p.m. Civil Commitments
Speaker: Mr. Frank Starney, Assistant District Attorney, Taylor County
2:15-3:15 p.m. Mental Health Services for Children
Speaker: Ms. Amanda Britton, Mental Health Program Administrator, Texas Juvenile Justice Department

* Agenda is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

The Mental Health Conference provides 8 hours of judicial education credit for constitutional county judges. Hours for justices of the peace and sheriffs are pending approval.

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges 8
Justices of the Peace Pending
Sheriffs Pending

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

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