Background: How It Began

HC Judge Richard Cortez Official photo

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“The fact that establishing the Mental Health Coalition was one of Judge Cortez' priorities when he became Hidalgo County Judge shows that he clearly understands that mental health is critical to the overall health of our community.” 

- Chris Ardis

“So many of us who struggle with mental illness, do it alone.  Judge Cortez shined a light on mental health and made me and many like me "SEEN" for the first time.  It is empowering when the community you belong to makes your health and well-being a priority.  The feelings of helplessness, fear, and judgment are replaced by comfort, support, and acceptance.” 

- Vivian Tamez

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