Monitor and influence legislative issues and priorities in support of an improved behavioral healthcare system for the people of Tarrant County.

Goals for 2018

  • Monitor interim studies which impact mental health and behavioral policy and provide information to MHC membership regarding study progress and outcomes
  • Provide regular legislative updates to MHC membership
  • Make recommendations regarding professional consultation on policy issues
  • Host a pre-session legislative forum

What's Happening?

Pertinent Issues Update - March 2018

Pertinent Issues Update - April 2018

Pertinent Issues Update - May 2018

Pertinent Issues Update - June 2018

Meeting Date, Time, Location

The third Thursday of every month (as needed), 3:00pm, location TBD


Jennifer Gilley Executive Director Challenge of Tarrant County (817) 336-6617

Todd Landry CEO Lena Pope (817) 255-2500

Committee Members

Joan Barcellona Parent Representatvie

Hannah Bednar Texas Christian University Intern

Judge Brent Carr Tarrant County Criminal Court #9

Michael Chaney Mind Above Matter

Pat Cheong United Way of Tarrant County

Julie Evans Alliance for Children

Linda Garcia ACH Child and Family Services/Our Community Our Kids

Valencia Gensollen Parent Representative

Paul Gravley The Parenting Center

Virginia Hoft Santa Fe Youth Services

Leighton Iles Community Supervision and Corrections Dept

Michelle McQueen Recovery Resource Council

Chris Ponder Tarrant County

Connie Ragsdale Recovery Resource Council

Matt Robison Child Study Center

Natalie Rose Tarrant County

Michael Steinert Fort Worth ISD

Wayne Young JPS Health Network

Contact Us

3200 Sanguinet Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Patsy Thomas, President

For more information call: 817.927.5200 or email: