Texas is the land of professed public bootstraps, and very private suffering. There is not a family in Texas that has not been touched by the rising prevalence of mental, emotional, behavioral and related physical illnesses. In fact there is not a family in America that has not been so touched, based on the elegant epidemiological monitoring in the US.
So in the land of big hats, why cannot Texas take the lead in a very big idea that will save billions of dollars, improve health, increase the global economic competitiveness of the US, and improve our national security? All that sounds, well, frankly very patriotic and American. What is the really big idea?
First, virtually every mental, emotional, and behavioral disorder (including addictions) is preventable. How solid is that statement? Stamp on the ground ten times as hard as you can. Did you feel it? Well that is how solid the science is. You don’t hear it on your TV; you don’t hear that science in your newspaper or Time magazine; you don’t hear it from your health care provider; and people are not learning this at university. And absolutely nobody is lobbying the Texas Legislature or Governor about this science and possibility. I’ll wager you might not believe me, even though I am a pretty dang good scientist. So if you don’t believe me that the science exists, you can go to www.pubmed.gov and look every study or fact I site. After my talk, you will jabbering away at just about anybody who will listen.
Second, recovery from mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders—including very serious ones like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—can go into remission. This remission and recovery is not dependent on medications. Now that is not a fact that you will hear on TV, or hear from the pharmaceutical detail people in your doctor’s office. Now I read almost everything I can on these problems, and I missed hearing about this science—until recently. That shows you how buried it is. At my plenary, you will hear about the practical science of recovery.
Third, there are ways to pay for all this using something called, “Social Impact Bonds.” So instead of Texas selling bonds for building another prison, bonds can be sold preventing or reducing the problems in the first place. Now there’s an idea. And, yes other countries are doing this.
The really big idea—a Texas big idea? Well, Texas could be the first place in America to do all this. That would change America, and all our futures.