Children and youth who have mental health needs currently face tremendous challenges. Texas System of Care is conducting a series of video interviews to collect diverse viewpoints and boost awareness about the importance of strengthening the systems that support children and youth with mental health needs and their families. These videos provide answers to the question, “Why is children’s mental health important?” from many different perspectives, as well as expanding the discussion into ways to support the quality of care in Texas. Check back soon for more videos!

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Dr. Sherry Adrian, Associate Professor at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. 

In this installment of Voices for Children’s Mental Health, Dr. Sherry Adrian, an associate professor at Southwestern University, explains the need for collaboration among education systems and other service providers. Dr. Adrian prepares pre-service teachers for the workforce with a primary focus on special education.

Lauren Lacefield Lewis, Associate Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services

Lauren Lacefield Lewis, the Associate Commissioner for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services, discusses recent successes in Texas in the mental health arena.

Shaleiah Fox, co-founder of Fresh Chefs Society

Shaleiah Fox, the co-founder of Fresh Chefs Society, discusses her experiences in the foster care system and the importance of mentorship.

Sonja Gaines, Associate Commissioner for Mental Health Coordination at Health and Human Services

Sonja Gaines, the Associate Commissioner for Mental Health Coordination at Health and Human Services Commission, discusses the compelling reasons why Texas focuses on mental health.

Dr. Vivian Dorsett, President of the Foster Care Alumni of America Texas Chapter

Dr. Vivian Dorsett, President of the Foster Care Alumni of America Texas Chapter, works to improve the lives of foster care youth. Drawing from her personal experiences, she discusses the impact of foster care on youth and how systems should collaborate to provide the best care.

Sherri Hammack, Project Lead for the Texas System of Care

Sherri, our Project Lead, has worked in mental health care for several years. Drawing from her experience, she’s seen that mental health is a common thread among all child and youth serving systems.

Elizabeth and Miranda, Mother-Daughter Team

We are lucky to have both a youth and parent’s perspective in this edition of Voices for Children’s Mental Health. Elizabeth, the mother, and Miranda, the daughter, share how they worked together to tackle mental health needs.

Roger Martinez, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for El Paso County

The third installment of our Voices for Children’s Mental Health series features Roger Martinez, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for El Paso County. Roger realized the value of the System of Care when he saw how it engaged the community to understand problems and come together for a common solution.

Linda Thune, Mother

We are honored to have Linda Thune to continue our series. As the mother of  a youth who struggled with mental health needs, Linda brings a unique perspective about the impact of mental health issues on young peoples’ lives and on our communities.

 

Mike Griffiths, Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department

We are honored to have Mike Griffiths, Executive Director of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, kick off this video series. With many years of experience in adult and juvenile correctional systems, Mr. Grffiths brings a unique perspective about the impact of mental health issues on young people’s lives and on our communities.