Commissioner Williams shared with us a variety of facts including the Legislators' decision in 1999 to privatize Mental Health Care...16 years later the Sunset review began a new contract with LifePath. The legislation provided for the population to be covered, mobile crisis units, and a crisis hotline. In addition substance abuse was added to the mental health issues. Commissioner Williams noted that typing substance abuse to mental health is an unusual mandate. As our illustrious Newletter author, Chris Parr noted, Texas is no stranger to unusual mandates and often they are unfunded.
Commissioner Williams expressed her gratitude to fellow Rotarian, Mary Jo Dean for doing a community needs assessment that highlighted mental health as a priority.  Please see our Past Weekly Reader Issues September 7th issue section for detailed information.