A historic moment in Texas history.

The Texas Legislature allocated $11.7 billion for behavioral health this session and that’s the largest investment for behavioral health in the country’s history.

Some of that money will be targeted to building a new hospital in Amarillo.  The State Policy at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute thinks the new hospital will have a lasting impact as there’s no similar resource in the region.

The state is also continuing its investments in children’s mental health and intensive services in communities, aiming to keep those who need services out of more expensive care settings and deliver care when and where it’s needed.

The funding also addresses the issue of overcrowded jails and school safety.