P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2017
AUSTIN – The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is recognizing Texas Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, with the organization’s 2017 Legislative Champion Award.
“Texas’ strategic investments in mental health are a credit to Senator Nelson’s unwavering leadership and her compassionate vision,” said Andy Keller, President and CEO of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. “Senator Nelson worked tirelessly to secure funding for state hospitals and jail diversion programs and championed efforts to improve access to care for children with high needs in our state’s foster care system. The many significant advancements made in mental health policy and funding over the last three legislative sessions simply would not have been possible without Senator Nelson, and we are proud to call her a Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Legislative Champion.”
As chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Nelson authored a budget with an estimated $7.6 billion appropriated for mental health – an increase of roughly $800 million over the last budget. “We have made significant strides when it comes to increasing access to mental health care in Texas. There is more work to be done, and I will keep pushing to make sure that mental health services are prioritized,” Senator Nelson said.