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There will be NO regular membership meeting in December.

Join us for our holiday party:
Monday, December 7, 2015
5-7 p.m.
2704 West Freeway
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

The next regular membership meeting will be held:

Monday, January 11, 2015
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Lena Pope
3200 Sanguinet
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Dr. Ken Scribner, new Superintendent of
Fort Worth ISD, has been invited to speak


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Mental Health Connection Holiday Party: Monday, December 7, 2015 - Pappasito's

NO Mental Health Connection meeting in December

Next Mental Health Connection meeting: Monday, January 11, 2015, 8:30 a.m., Lena Pope

Registration now open for 2016 Trauma Symposium: Friday, February 5

See the Hand in Hand Wrap-up Video

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

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"


Registration Now Open for
2016 Trauma Symposium
Save the date for the 2016 Mental Health Connection Trauma Symposium. On February 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., spend the day with Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-principal investigator of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Dr. Felitti founded the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego and served as Chief of Preventive Medicine until 2001. He is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. The ACE Study is an ongoing collaborative research project between the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program and the Centers for Disease Control.

In addition to Dr. Felitti, attendees will hear about the impact of trauma on the brain from Dr. Dyann Daley, Director of the Center for Child Maltreatment at Cook Children's Medical Center.

Register Now


Patsy Thomas Named Communicator of the Year

The Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has named Mental Health Connection president Patsy Thomas the 2015 Communicator of the year. The award is presented to a leader outside the public relations profession who exemplifies open, effective communication. A committee selected Patsy "in large part due to her ability to communicate and create partnerships with public and private agencies, as well as individuals in need of behavioral health services and their families.

Patsy is only the fourth recipient of the Communicator of the Year Award. Previous recipients include former Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Walter Dansby (2014), Mayor Betsy Price (2013), and former City Councilman Joel Burns, who received the inaugural award in 2013.


Hand in Hand Wraps Up with Star Wars Themed Video

After seven years of work, Hand in Hand completed its cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in September. To show all that it accomplished over the seven years, Hand in Hand developed a video. Click here to see it - and have fun. Be sure to watch all five "episodes."


Family Connection To Discuss
Trauma in November

With support from Hand in Hand, a core group of families who have children with mental health issues has 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:

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.


TarrantCares.org NearsTarrant Cares
40 Million Hits Since Launch

Do you or your clients need to find local health or socialservices? What about information on medications and medical tests? Then TarrantCares.org is the place for you. Almost 40 million users have hit the Tarrant Cares.org website since its launch on March 30, 2011. While on the site, they find resources for local services ranging from healthcare and housing to employment, support groups, ex-offender reentry resources andmore. A library of more than 30,000 articles onhealth, parenting and other topics also includes information on medications and medical tests – all written in everyday language.

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
  • Prenatal to age 5
  • Public health and healthy communities
  • Seniors/adults with disabilities
  • Veterans, service members and their families

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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