September 10, 2012 -- Texas Appleseed releases the final report on recommended changes to the Texas Mental Health Code. Dr. Susan Stone, a consultant and practicing psychiatrist and attorney, guided the report process with a Steering Committee that included Professor Michael Churgin, University of Texas School of Law; Deborah Fowler, Deputy Director of Texas Appleseed; Judge Guy Herman, Travis County Probate Court; Chris Lopez, Attorney, Texas Department of Health Services; Beth Mitchell, Attorney, Disability Rights Texas; Professor Brian Shannon, Texas Tech University School of Law; and Dr. James Van Norman, Austin Travis Intregral Care.
June - December 2011 More than 1,500 people attended one of 43 public meetings and presentations on needed revisions to the state's Mental Health Code. The report's Steering Committee meets for the first time in December.
Septermber 27, 2010 The Continuity of Care Task Force, convened by the Texas Department of State Health Services, recommends a two-year interim study to revise the Texas Mental Health Code "as part of an important strategy to address the critical issue of hospital bed capacity in Texas. The revisions would reflect today's behavioral health standards, practices, and services."