Everything's Better In Texas? Analyzing Texas' Mental Health System
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As can be seen through numerous studies, Texas’ mental health system is in crisis. Mental health services are often ineffective due to obstacles in accessibility, availability, and acceptability. In Texas, the vulnerable populations most affected by these obstacles are the rural, Hispanic, and youth populations. Considering the size of Texas and its growing population, delivery of mental health services must be strategic to ensure all citizens receive quality treatment. This thesis project demonstrates Texas’ potential as a leader in mental health by analyzing deficits in care, discussing demographic forecasts, and examining historical policies. From this study, this thesis ultimately contends that by integrating data-driven solutions, educational policies, and furthering professional development in mental health care, the state will optimize its use of resources.