AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation will host a policy primer titled “The Right Prescription for Mental Health in Criminal Justice” on Wednesday, September 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the Joe B. Hogsett Theater at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Although most people with mental illness commit crimes that are unrelated to their condition, treating mental illness in prison presents challenges. The expense, high recidivism rates, and other problems arising from inadequate care can be curbed with proper interventions that address both the illness and other criminogenic risk factors. This panel will discuss how Texas can improve public safety, control costs, and address the needs of those with mental illness.

Veronica Alfalla, Peer Specialist, Austin State Hospital
Katharine Ligon, Mental Health Policy Analyst, Center for Public Policy Priorities
Kate Murphy, Mental Health Policy Fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Stephen Tausend, Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn
The Right Prescription for Mental Health in Criminal Justice


Wednesday, September 16, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Texas Public Policy Foundation
Joe B. Hogsett Theater
901 Congress Avenue 
Austin, TX 78701

For additional information and to register, click here.

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

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