Mental Health Workshop

August 24

Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex
7403 Lone Tree Rd.
Victoria, TX 77905

Online registration is closed. You may register onsite.

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

Victoria College Emerging Technology Complex
7403 Lone Tree Rd.
Victoria, TX 77905

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, Justices of the Peace, and Sheriffs: Register on this page. There is no registration fee.

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.


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

Courtyard by Marriott Victoria
8002 N Navarro St.
Victoria, TX 77904
(361) 578-3945

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Victoria, an IHG Hotel
111 Huvar St.
Victoria, TX 77904
(361) 575-1600

Thursday, August 24
9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Registration Desk Open
9:30-10:30 a.m. Magistrate's Duty
Speaker: Ms. Amber Myers, Staff Attorney, Texas Justice Court Training Center
10:45-11:45 a.m. Mental Health Services for Children Legislative Update
Speaker: Dr. Susan Palacios, Community Mental Health Program Administrator, Texas Juvenile Justice Department
12-1 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1-2 p.m. 88th Legislative Session Update
Speaker: TAC Legislative Consultant
2:15-3:15 p.m. Mental Health Diversion Practices
Speaker: Mr. Jeff Tunnell, Executive Director, Gulf Bend Center

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

The Mental Health Conference provides 4 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 4
Justices of the Peace 4
Sheriffs 4

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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