Texas Wants to Lead in Mental Health Care
You’re not alone in the Lone Star State. With just 10.5 psychiatric beds per 100,000 people — far below the recommended 40-60 beds — Texas has fallen short in mental health support. But some new bipartisan agreements on state legislation, supplemented by federal funding, are allowing Texas to lay the groundwork for greater psychiatric care, even as federal support for public health is in question. The starting point: Overlooked populations like 18- to 25-year-olds, who often get caught between programs aimed specifically at children or adults.