Texas State Legislature Hearing
July 13, 2016: The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Article II and the House Public Health Committee held a joint hearing regarding the interim charge to study the Texas Trauma System. Over the course of four hours, testimony was given by the Department of State Health Services, Emergency Care Providers, Physicians, and allied healthcare providers about the Texas Trauma System. I gave testimony before the joint committee hearing on my own personal experience with the Texas Trauma System. I told my story of what happened to me just a few months earlier. I expressed thankfulness that I was taken to a major trauma center where life-saving interventions and specially trained medical personnel were readily available to care for me. I answered questions the committee asked. I was passionate in sharing my story, eager to have a positive impact on the legislative session, and the decisions that will be made regarding my state’s Trauma System.
—John Marshall Foster
You can click on link below, scroll to 3:15:06 and hear Marshall’s testimony as given to our State Legislatures.
QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade and Refer,
is an emergency intervention to help a person who is considering suicide.
In a one-hour training session, individuals learn to recognize
warning signs, what questions to ask and how to offer hope and help.