Thursday, August 16, 2012

Important Survey on Mental Health

Good Afternoon Everyone,

It’s Ana Yáñez-Correa from the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJC), and I’m excited to share a survey invitation with you.

TCJC was invited by the Meadows Foundation to assist in distributing a 9-question, anonymous survey related to mental health.  Specifically, the Foundation is considering the establishment of a Mental Health Policy Research Institute in Texas, and the survey asks individuals in Texas about the particular needs for such an Institute.

The survey is accessible through this link:

The Meadows Foundation will be collecting responses until Friday, August 24, 2012.

You will find more information about the logistics and goals of the survey in the message below from Linda Perryman Evans, President of the Foundation:

Dear Colleague: 

As someone whose insights and opinions we respect, we invite your assistance as we undertake an important project.  The Meadows Foundation, a private family foundation created to serve the people of Texas, is committed to improving mental health services for Texans.  As part of our current strategic plan, we are considering the idea of establishing a Mental Health Policy Research Institute to conduct high quality and objective policy research and development to improve Texas' public mental health system.  (A copy of our Mental Health Strategic Plan can be found here.) 

To help us in our deliberations, we are seeking advice and input from key behavioral health stakeholders and other thought leaders across Texas.  Specifically, we are asking you to help us answer the following questions:  

1.       Is there a need for an institute to focus on policy research and development for the mental health system in Texas, and if so, how could this be used to benefit Texas? 
2.      What are the primary policy issues, immediate and long-term, related to mental health services in Texas that such an institute could be helpful in addressing? 
3.      What is the appropriate role for a foundation such as ours in creating a Texas Mental Health Policy Research Institute?  

To assist us in this phase of our study, we have engaged the TriWest Group to conduct an online survey of interested stakeholders.  All responses are being collected by TriWest and will remain anonymous.  The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete.  The results of this study will be posted on the Foundation's website in early 2013.  

We greatly value your opinion and hope you will share your ideas with us.  To participate, please follow this link to the survey:

Thank you, 

Linda Perryman Evans
President | The Meadows Foundation 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact

Thank you for your critical participation in this important project!


Anonymous said...

Ana Yáñez-Correa was born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve where she worked as a domestic worker with her mother until she entered college.

Mexico's loss is our gain.

Lee said...


Those immigrants that are coming to this country to better their lives, go to school, work hard and make careers for themselves I want in this country.

Blessings on Ana. Thanks for coming to our country and the improvement that you bring to our nation.

Thomas R. Griffith said...

I don't know what the hell any of this has to do with the friggin Post but I guess two of you do and that's what matters. I was born here in the great state of confussion AKA - TEXAS or was it TEJAS and never been thanked for staying.

And now for something completely different. Back to the GFB Comment Section regarding the content of the Guest Blogger's Post.

Thanks for the info. Ana.

Unknown said...

The MH policies you want to create will affect who or what exactly? Hope this does not involve the use of tax payer dollars now or down the line.

Anonymous said...

Good question. Perhaps these policies will save taxpayer money in the long run - like fewer inmates.