October 15, 2015

San Marcos, TX. – The Texas System of Care is pleased to announce Erin Espinosa, Ph.D., is the 2015 recipient of a statewide award which recognizes leaders who champion a commitment to excellence in children’s mental health services and have helped communities across the state improve access to care.

The Stella Churchill Mullins Champion for Children’s Mental Health Award was presented to Dr. Espinosa at the 11th Annual Strengthening Youth and Families Conference. The award was created in memory of Stella Mullins, a visionary and leader in the field of mental health in Texas. During Mullins’ career, she advocated for the need to increase funding for research aimed at preventing mental illness; successfully pushed through public initiatives aimed at preventing child abuse; enhanced the quality of early childhood development; and improved social education programs and health and human services for Texas children.

“I’m beyond honored to be nominated for this award. In receiving it, I need to share it with all my colleagues, friends, and mentors who have been undeniably influential in the work being done around improving mental health services and supports for Texas children, youth and families. ,” Espinosa said. “While much has been done in the mental health arena, there is still definitely more to be done. It will take all of us to continue to improve the system.”

Additional awards were presented at the 11th Annual Strengthening Youth and Families Conference for exemplary community volunteerism as well as the Jimmie Hall Kester’s Champion for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention award.

Dr. Espinosa currently serves as an Implementation Specialist for the Texas System of Care, and a Research Associate at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin.