For more than 80 years, we’ve worked to transform the systems that promote mental health, prevent mental disorders and substance abuse, and achieve recovery from mental illness and addictions through innovative education, advocacy and services.
Statement from Mental Health America of Texas
Mental Health America of Texas (MHAT), which has served as a voice for mental health advocacy and education in Texas since 1935, is suspending operations effective Friday, August 18, 2017.
This decision by the organization’s Board of Directors was driven by financial considerations. It had become apparent that continuing to operate would have resulted in the organization being unable to meet its remaining financial obligations based on the information available to the Board.
For the past several years, MHAT operated under significant financial stress, and that stress became more acute last year. While our Board and our staff team took many steps to remedy the situation, allowing operations to continue until now, those steps were not enough to avert this decision.
We are working toward an orderly wind-down of our business affairs, will continue to perform certain essential responsibilities after August 18, and will make further determinations concerning the organization’s future as necessary between now and the end of 2017.
We believe it important to separate this decision from all of the other extraordinary work that is being performed to improve mental health service delivery at the state and local levels in Texas. We are grateful for the efforts of the 2017 Texas Legislature that reflect a continuing bi-partisan commitment to mental health. Texas is making progress, and while there was a time when MHAT was the sole voice on these issues, there are now many voices that will carry on this important work.
Finally, we extend our sincere gratitude to the many supporters, donors and advocates who have fueled our very important mission for many decades. It is their energy and commitment that has allowed this movement to gain strength and grow into a common cause for so many Texans.