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Mental Health Advocacy and Legislation

Metrocare’s goal is to advocate for effective legislature that helps improve funding for programs that address the mental health, intellectual disability, substance use disorder treatment, primary care, pediatrics and housing programs for individuals in Dallas County and throughout the state. 
Our focus on the 1115 Waiver Transition, Promoting Ability, Veteran Programs, and Workforce Development extend to our legislative priorities.
Explore our top priorities for the 86th Texas Legislature below:

1115 Waiver Transition

  • Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP)
  • Failure to address this could result in BILLIONS less for the state
  • Solutions may be budget neutral - Certified Community Behavioral Health Center

Promoting Ability

  • Strengthen essential community-based programs (GR, TxHL, and HCS)
  • Ensure the availability of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
  • Expand Crisis and Dual-Diagnosis Options for this population

Programs for Veterans

  • Military Veterans Peer Support Network (MVPN)
  • Texas Veterans and Family Alliance (TVFA)
  • Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)

Workforce Development

  • Graduate Medical Education (GME)
  • Other Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) providers are also in great demand
  • And don’t forget the valuable Peer workforce

To learn more about Metrocare’s Legislative Priorities, please contact Abel Hernandez at 214-743-1216 or


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