Many people seeking Community Center services have experienced trauma related mental illness.
Among them are military personnel and veterans who have had exposure to traumatic events and have developed signs of post-traumatic stress and trauma related disorders.
The Texas Council supports programs and legislation to ensure Texas veterans receive the mental health services they need. These include:
- Community-based behavioral health initiatives for Veterans and their families
- Tele-mental health services for under-served rural veterans
- Support programs for veterans who come in contact with the criminal justice system
- Legislation to support the establishment of veteran court programs in Texas
Texas is home to nearly 1.6 million veterans, and funds local initiatives for the population such as peer-to-peer programs, expansion of existing mental health programs and efforts to recruit and train volunteers and other mental health practitioners. 37 Community Centers have hired 36 Military Veteran Peer Coordinators. 4,111 veteran volunteers have been trained and are now leading veteran-to-veteran peer support services across 245 Texas counties.
If you, or a loved one, are a military veteran in need of assistance, the following links may help connect you to resources: