Build a culturally competent, high-quality behavioral healthcare workforce in our community.

Goals for 2018

  • Identify strategies to improve and expedite processes for licensures
  • Determine ways to collaborate with MMHPI on workforce issues
  • Consider  development of a strategic plan for recruiting and sustaining a mental health workforce
  • Determine intern interview process across agencies, using information from the ICAP Survey; explore hiring practices
  • Build strategic partnerships and actively recruit participation of institutions of higher learning
  • Explore using retired psychiatrists as volunteers
  • Consider expansion of utilization of telehealth opportunities in the community

What's Happening?

Meeting minutes 1/24/18

The TSBEMFT met July 20–21, 2018 and many great updates were shared. We would like to provide you with a summary of these upcoming changes:

1. The board has been able to hire many more license processing staff and there are more still to be hired. This has helped to eliminate long wait times for license processing, which now takes around 10 days for a typical application.

2. Supervisors and supervisees will soon have a new online system for submitting hours and monitoring who is being supervised by whom. This should revolutionize the way new licensees apply and track their progress toward full licensure. It will also allow supervisors to clean out “old” supervisees from their roster, as there is not currently an easy way to do that. The new online system will be tested in Fall 2018, so if all goes well, it might be in place in January 2019.

The board is moving forward with the transition to the Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC), and this transition looks like it will be good for MFTs and the coordination of mental health treatment standards in general.

Meeting Date, Time, Location

Fourth Wednesday of the month, 3:00 pm, Lena Pope Amon Carter Center, 3200 Sanguinet St, Fort Worth, TX 76107


Michelle Mullenix ACH Child and Family Services (817) 866-7138

Paul Gravley Executive Director The Parenting Center (817) 332-6348

Committee Members

Joan Barcellona Parent Representative

Dr. Thomas Burdenski Tarleton State University

Jan Finch University of Texas - Arlington

Meghan Glovier My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County

Jessica Grady ACH Child & Family Services

Martha Granger Alliance for Children

Rick Hoefer University of Texas - Arlington

Jennifer Martin Texas Christian University

Sam McCage Cook Children's

Julie Merriman Tarleton State University

Betty Nuru United Health Services

Lisa Rowett JPS Health Network

Emily Spence-Almaguer UNT - Health Sciences

Deborah Sweat JPS Health Network

Heidi Tournoux-Hanshaw The Art Station

Shnease Webb Lena Pope

Todd Weill Janssen

Esperanza West My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County

Joshua Wheeler My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County

Tiffany Wigington Tarleton State University

Contact Us

3200 Sanguinet Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

Patsy Thomas, President

For more information call: 817.927.5200 or email: