Texas Needs an Ongoing Way to Invest in Basic Services

Last week, a House budget subcommittee addressed improving budget transparency by making the Texas budget less reliant on dedicated General Revenue balances. CPPP testified on the importance of finding ongoing ways to invest in public schools, higher education, health and human services, public safety, and other needs. Otherwise, reducing balances alone without finding alternative revenue streams that will […]

Peer Support in Local County Jails Would Benefit the Well-Being in Inmates Living with Mental Illness

Working for a Better Texas

When it comes to mental health recovery, peer support–when those with a lived experience of mental illness who have gone through recovery provide guidance and support to others living with mental illness–has proven to benefit individuals going through recovery and transitioning back into the community. And as CPPP presented to lawmakers Tuesday at the Capitol, Texas […]

My First Volunteer Shift at Insure Central Texas

It was Stacey Pogue’s great idea first to get trained as Certified Application Counselors (CACs) under the oversight of a US Department of HHS-approved entity.  What better way to contribute to the effort of getting Texans covered, and at the same time really find out how the new system works?  Foundation Communities, a wonderful Austin […]

Countdown to Coverage: Opening Day

Today’s opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace is kind of a big deal–for health care access, for Texas, for the nation, and for CPPP.  Many of you know that the Center was founded in 1985 by the Benedictine Sisters of Boerne with a mission to improve health care access for “poor and disenfranchised Texans.” […]

Countdown to Coverage: Choosing A Health Plan

Katharine Ligon

Selecting a health care plan for you or your family can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time and/or you have a chronic condition such as mental illness.  As we have shared with you in our blog series, Countdown to Coverage, there is a lot to understand before you select a plan and […]

Countdown to Coverage: ACA and Mental Health Benefits

Katharine Ligon

Access to behavioral health care is not just a matter of having health insurance; it also requires an adequate scope of covered benefits in a health plan.  For many years, benefits for Mental Health and Substance Use (MH/SU) services were not included in many health plans.  In addition, when an employer did chose to offer […]

Countdown to Coverage: How will Obamacare Affect YOU? Two Quick and Easy Tools

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

The latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans feel they don’t have enough information about the ACA to understand how it will impact them and their family. We hope that share will drop  in the coming months as the roll out of new Health Insurance Marketplaces in October  brings with it […]

2013 Lege Wrap-Up: Mental Health

Katharine Ligon

Mental health has received a lot of well-deserved attention this legislative session after the recent violent tragedies in our nation.  Texas legislators deserve praise for recognizing that all Texans benefit from a stronger mental health system with increased funds for prevention and better access to services. Of the more than 250 bills related to mental […]

OPED–Lawmakers have an opportunity to do more for Texas kids

“When it comes to funding priorities for Texas children, legislators appear to be facing similar tough choices as they work to finalize the state budget. The Senate and House have proposed 2014-15 budgets that, at first glance, seem to highlight different priorities for Texas kids. For example, the House proposes more state money, about $1 […]

Comparing the House and Senate’s HHS Funding

To help you understand the differences between the Senate and House budgets, we’ve broken down their health and human services funding proposals into three papers, one comparing each chamber’s investments in Medicaid and CHIP for low-income, disabled Texans and children, each chamber’s investment in mental health and substance abuse services, and each chamber’s investment in […]