February 20, 2018
Yes, yes, yes… it’s the first day of early voting for the March 6 primary. I hope all those 18-year-olds we registered to vote in Austin, Elgin, and Bastrop are ready to cast their very first ballot.
It’s been really fun as the Bastrop community has come together to seize this opportunity. Here’s something from a bipartisan #MyBastrop photo shoot a few weeks ago…
This community has been through a lot over the last several years, but the people of Bastrop have shown amazing resilience and love for their neighbors. I’m honored to represent the good people of Bastrop in the Texas Senate, and I hope you’ll help us win.
Helping in a crisis
Every year, I get to pick someone to receive the Kirk P. Watson Public Service Award at the Travis County Democratic Party annual dinner. My goal with this award is to find someone who embodies the same commitment to community and public service as my dad, Don Watson, who was a lifelong public employee.
Laura Wilson-Slocum, who oversees psychiatric crisis care at Integral Care, certainly fits that mold. She’s dedicated her life to making a difference in the area of brain health. She’s been out front touching lives and creating ways to make us all better at addressing mental health needs.
A critical part of Laura’s job is leading the training of first responders on how best to help someone who’s experiencing a mental health crisis. Brain health is really no different than heart health, yet we’ve typically treated someone in a mental health crisis much differently than we treat someone, say, having a heart attack. This first responder training is essential to helping people get the right care at the right time.
We’re in the early stages of strengthening the entire continuum of care for brain health in our community, and we’ll do this, in part, by building off the good work of Laura Wilson-Slocum and her colleagues at Integral Care.