Monitor and influence legislative issues and priorities in support of an improved behavioral healthcare system for the people of Tarrant County.

Goals for 2017

  • Proactively develop and strengthen relationships with local Tarrant County delegation
  • Host a legislative forum for Tarrant County delegation in Austin during the session
  • Determine collaborative priorities for the 2017 Legislative session
  • Make recommendations regarding professional consultation on policy issues as needed both in Austin and Washington, DC
  • Regularly communicate MHC legislative issues to membership
  • Engage key stakeholder groups in MHC Advocacy committee like NAMI

What's Happening?

A Legislative Breakfast in Austin was held on March 16, 2017.  Our message was, "Let's Work Together to Aggressively Support  Services for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders".  Over 75 legislators and staff attended the breakfast.

Overview of our message, key points, host committee


Education, Criminal Justice, Child Welfare Fact Posters

Handout page 1

Handout page 2


Interim Report to the 85th Texas Legislature

Tarrant County Legislative Delegation

Meeting Date, Time, Location

The third Thursday of every month (as needed), 3:00pm, MHMR of Tarrant County, 4th floor board room, 3800 Hulen St, Fort Worth, TX 76107


Wayne Carson, PhD CEO ACH Child and Family Services (817) 886-7103

Susan Garnett CEO MHMR of Tarrant County (817) 569-4518

Jennifer Gilley Executive Director Tarrant County Challenge (817) 336-6617

Committee Members

Joan Barcellona Parent Representatvie

Hannah Bednar Texas Christian University Intern

Judge Brent Carr Tarrant County Criminal Court #9

Michael Chaney Mind Above Matter

Pat Cheong United Way of Tarrant County

Julie Evans Alliance for Children

Linda Garcia ACH Child and Family Services/Our Community Our Kids

Valencia Gensollen Parent Representative

Paul Gravley The Parenting Center

Virginia Hoft Santa Fe Youth Services

Leighton Iles Community Supervision and Corrections Dept

Todd Landry Lena Pope

Michelle McQueen Recovery Resource Council

Chris Ponder Tarrant County

Connie Ragsdale Recovery Resource Council

Matt Robison Child Study Center

Natalie Rose Tarrant County

Michael Steinert Fort Worth ISD

Wayne Young JPS Health Network

Contact Us

3200 Sanguinet Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Patsy Thomas, President

For more information call: 817.927.5200 or email: