Mental health bills still alive, Wilson says

But with only days left in session, no progress seen

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

With the Texas Legislature in session the past few months, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson has spent many hours in Austin talking to people on the subject of mental health, not only concerning inmates but also the general public.

Consequently, Wilson updated members of commissioners court on several mental health bills, an issue for which he has expressed passion in the past. He sits on several statewide positions concerning mental health: He is chair of the executive committee for the Texas Council of Community Centers, which deal with people with mental and substance abuse issues as well as other problems. He is also on the Heart of Texas MHMR board.

“A lot of mental health bills are still alive,” Wilson said at the commissioners May 9 meeting. “The conversation we can have is not in the legislature; it’s in HHSC (Health and Human Services Committee) – it’s, ‘Where are the beds?’

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