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The next regular membership meeting will be held:

Monday, October 12, 2015
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Lena Pope
3200 Sanguinet
Fort Worth, Texas 76107


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Next Mental Health Connection meeting: Monday, October 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m., Lena Pope

Click here for Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D.'s, PowerPoint presentation on resilience

Click here for an update on the 1115 Waiver projects

Click here to learn more about helping children through traumatic experiences

Click here to see "The Changing Expectations of the Juvenile Justice System in Texas"

Family-Run Organization Kicks Off

With support from Hand in Hand, a core group of families who have children with mental health issues have developed a new family-run organization in Tarrant County. To reinforce the ties it hopes to have with Mental Health Connection, the group named the new organization Family Connection. In the months since January, Family Connection members have been in the organizational stages, developing a vision, mission and committee structure.

Mission: Connecting and empowering families to improve the mental health system in Tarrant County 

Vision: Building on strengths, we will advocate for improved mental health resources for Tarrant County families in collaboration with our community partners.

Family Connection plans to focus on networking, education and advocacy to work towards its vision.

The group will hold educational meetings on the third Wednesday of every month at Lena Pope, 3200 Sanguinet in Fort Worth. Meetings begin with a light breakfast at 9 a.m. at Lena Pope, 3200 Sanguinet, Fort Worth.

Future meetings will will feature:

October 21: Working with the Schools to Benefit Your Child with Special Needs: The ARD Process, presented by Shannon Rosson of PATH

November 18: Trauma and Children: The Impact on the Brain and What You Can Do to Help, presented by Sandy Parker of The Women's Center of Tarrant County

December 16:  ADD/ADHD, presented by Lena Zettler of Cook Children's Medical Center

Please help spread the word to families you know who might enjoy and benefit from these programs. Below are links to flyers that you can copy and distribute.


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40 Million Hits Since Launch

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Create your own personal health record that you can share with physicians or anyone you want. Tarrant Cares protects your records with the same security used by banks.

Specialized sections within Tarrant Cares offer information specifically related to:

  • Adult and juvenile community corrections
  • Children and families
  • Domestic, sexual and other violence
  • Ex-Offender Reentry Resources
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Mental/behavioral health
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Join the millions of others who have found help on TarrantCares.org by checking it out today.

To help tell others know about Tarrant Cares through your agency's newsletter, Facebook page, Web site and more, click here for art and articles that will help.


American Hospital Association Recognizes Mental Health Connection

In a letter to the White House, the American Hospital Association has cited Mental Health Connection as an example of the ways hospitals have worked in their communities to address behavioral health needs. Wayne Young, Vice President of Operations and Administrator of Trinity Springs Pavilion at JPS Health, sits on the Governing Council of the AHA’s Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. In a recent conference call, he shared the work of Mental Health Connection. The Section contacted him for permission to use the information about Mental Health Connection in the letter to the White House.

Click here to read the letter.


Family Resource Centers
Review the First 10 Years

The Fort Worth ISD Family Resource Centers celebrated their 10th anniversary last year. Click here to see a recap of achievements since the centers opened.

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