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Congressman Gonzalez Announces Federal Funding for Tropical Texas Behavioral Health

September 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) has announced that the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) has awarded $125,000 to Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (TTBH). Funding will be used to expand mental health services.

“This funding will help Tropical Texas Behavioral Health offer more consistent and reliable support to individuals with a mental illness,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “It is my hope that mental health professionals across Central and South Texas will take advantage of funding opportunities like this to improve the mental health and well-being of our communities.”

“The funding through CMS for additional Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training will greatly expand an outstanding resource for the Rio Grande Valley community,” TTBH Chief Executive Officer W. Terry Crocker said. “Currently, Tropical has 18 staff who are certified MHFA trainers, and we are funded by the state of Texas to provide this training, but it is limited to educators/school district personnel. There are a number of other agencies and people in our area who have been requesting the training. Most recently, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office asked to have about 15 deputies trained." 

"It is very exciting to see more and more community partners become interested in this training, and the heightened awareness of mental health issues in the RGV," Crocker continued." Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to identify, understand, and most importantly – respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in their communities.  Nationally, the goal with this training is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR.”

Funding from the CMHS allows facilities, like TTBH, to:

  • Improve and increase the quality and range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support;
  • Make it easier for people to access mental health programs;
  • Respond to an increasing number of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among America’s children;
  • Support outreach and case management programs for thousands of homeless Americans;
  • And ensure that scientifically-established findings and practice-based knowledge are applied in preventing and treating mental disorders.

Congressman Gonzalez continues to be an advocate for improving the overall health of residents in the 15th District of Texas.