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Kingwood Area Democrats

Judge Jason Cox is working to change the lives of people with mental illness.

With the help of a $2.7 million federal grant, he is directing people to treatment through a newly created program in Harris County, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program.

 

Cox was one of many Democratic judges elected in 2018, and he immediately partnered with The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, and the University of Houston. Together, they successfully applied for the grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and were awarded the grant in July 2020. 

 

Cox, presiding judge of Probate Court 3, was KAD’s guest speaker at the June 2 General Membership Meeting where he discussed how the new program is being implemented and evaluated. It is not a voluntary program, but it is an alternative to inpatient care. 

 

In addition to a treatment plan, some patients in AOT receive housing, transportation, medication, and, 

 

KAD June Meeting
with
Judge Jason Cox 

sometimes, even clothing. Counselors call them to make sure they are taking their prescribed medications and adhering to their treatment plans. “Housing is a big help,” said Cox. “It provides stability.” 

“AOT is different (from other programs) in that it is a highly individualized,” said Cox. “It is also unique because it contains a court component: patients meet with the court for status conferences with their case managers to make sure that their needs are being met and that they’re adhering to the program. If the patient falls out of compliance with the treatment plan, the court can require them to return to inpatient treatment until they’re stabilized and able to return to the program.” The University of Houston, meanwhile, is collecting data.

 

“Elected officials such as Judge Jason Cox are the reason it is important to vote all the way down the ticket,” said HCDP County Chair Lillie Schechter, “Individuals who are working to improve the judicial system, advance the health care system, and increase access to mental health care.”

KAD MEMBERS' MEETING
August 4 @ 7 p.m.
Social Hour 6:00-7 p.m.

There is no meeting in July. 

BE A KAD MEMBER
IN 2021

It's easier than ever to join KAD or renew your membership. Just follow this link to ActBlue.

For more membership information, please see our "About" page.

BE A VOLUNTEER
DEPUTY VOTER REGISTRAR
BOOK CLUB
July 14 @ 7 p.m.

Summer Schedule:

July 14 - Our Time is Now:  Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America, Stacey Abrams

August 11  - How to Make America Utopia, by Egberto Willies

New members are welcome! For more information or to sign up, please email us here.  We are using the Webex app for meetings until further notice.

KAD ALERT  
JUNE NEWSLETTER

by Jane Leckey, KAD VP

HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS

Please take a minute to donate to the Collier for Lt. Governor Campaign

Mike Collier is Gearing Up

Mike Collier and his Exploratory Committee are testing the waters of another run for political office. His goal is to launch a full campaign within a few months and take on Dan Patrick, Texas' lieutenant governor, in the 2022 Elections.

 

In 2018, Mike ran an aggressive  campaign against Patrick, but Texas wasn't quite ready to turn blue. Will 2022 be the year?

Mike was our guest speaker at the March 3 KAD Membership Meeting, where he shared his outrage over the latest follies of the Abbott government: the rescinding of the COVID mask mandate and the lack of leadership in the chaos of power outages during the February winter storm. 

As a longtime Kingwood resident and KAD member, Mike is a familiar face. We know he's a smart and impressive candidate. In 2018, he

received endorsements from around the state, including many like the following:

“Unlike incumbent Dan Patrick, Collier, 57, is a facts-and-figures guy who deep-dives into complex policy in ways that command the respect of intelligent voters, regardless of party inclination.”

Mike earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and he's had a career that includes being an auditor and, later, partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest accounting firms. In addition, he helped establish a successful oil company and served as its chief financial officer. 

To keep up with Mike, his public statements, and, likely, his official announcement to run for political office, be sure to watch his Facebook page and his Twitter account.

New Voting Machines for Harris County

Harris County introduced new voting machines for the May 1 Election and Early Voting, April 19 - 27. The County has, so far, purchased 12,000 of the new model, which has a touch screen for making selections but also produces a paper ballot for additional verification.

How to use the new voting machines. 

Watch this Facebook video.

Editorial:

Stop the steal of Texans' election rights

The “election integrity” legislation that Republicans are pushing this session is voter suppression plain and simple. The only thing that makes their efforts somewhat peculiar is that the bills have been deemed “emergency” legislation by top officials in a state that already has the most restrictive voting laws in the country — a state that wrote the book other states are now following on how to block access to the ballot box.

Joe Jaworski, Candidate for Texas AG

at

February Members' Meeting

Visit the Jaworski For Texas website

to read more about Joe's campaign. 

Joe Jaworski has a plan: first, unseat TX Attorney General Ken Paxton; second, introduce a more progressive legal agenda for Texas. He was our guest at the February KAD Members' Meeting.

Jaworski outlined a plan that includes an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to bring tax dollars home to Texans, legalization of recreational cannabis to allow a greater focus on jailing violent criminals, and greater support of local government officials to innovate. He cites the current State administration's attempts to suppress voter turnout last fall while local officials were working to give voters an option to vote by mail during a pandemic. 

As the first Democrat to declare his 2022 candidacy for Texas AG, he may yet be challenged in a primary. In the meantime, Jaworski is doing his best to confront Ken Paxton on the current AG's political record and personal legal battles.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (right), running for re-election as Harris County Sheriff, with KAD member Ken Aucoin

Jay Stittleburg (right), candidate for State Senator, District 4, with Tony Morales of KAD.

Big Tent Event a Success

Saturday morning, Sept. 19, was a cool, sunny day, perfect for KAD's Big Tent Event. Democrats from across Kingwood and the surrounding area came to pick up candidate signs and other political swag. Adding to the morning's fun was having several candidates join us to answer questions and chat with voters.

Area Democrats were happy to take away lawn signs and other campaign materials. KAD board members Ellie Porras, Robin Pearce, and Jack Alexander helped each person find the items to match their needs. 

Kathy Cheng, candidate for Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

Judge Julia Maldonado (right), standing for re-election to District Court, with KAD board member Elizabeth Stern. 

Judge Veronica Rivas-Molloy (center) candidate for Justice, First Court of Appeals, with KAD members Kevin and Katrin McManis.

Left to right: Eartha Johnson, mother of Te'iva Bell, candidate for judge, Criminal District Court; Paula Miller; Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4; and Jeff McGowen, candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 4.