AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released a paper by Mental Health Policy Fellow Kate Murphy on improving the quality and delivery of behavioral health care in Texas. The paper, Making Texas a Model for Behavioral Health Care, outlines recommendations for creating a behavioral health care system that is quality-driven, consumer-driven, and community-driven
“Texas’ behavioral health system needs market-based solutions to improve quality, access, innovation, and cost,” said Murphy. “Consumers of behavioral health services should be empowered to choose their course of treatment and responsible for pursuing that treatment.
“Local communities should have maximum flexibility in designing their behavioral health care delivery system. No one-size-fits-all solution will work. State budget and regulation should not stymie innovative behavioral health reforms aimed at addressing specific local issues.”
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Kate E. Murphy is a Mental Health Policy Fellow contributing to the centers for Effective Justice and Health Care at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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