Texas has decreased its use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities by 58 percent – more than any other state, according to a report from the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.
Efforts to decrease antipsychotic use included the implementation of the Music & Memory program, which was launched in 2015 as a pilot program in nursing facilities and at HHSC’s state supported living centers and Austin State Hospital in 2016. Since then, more than 1,000 nursing homes across Texas have taken part in the HHSC Music & Memory program. For more information on their success, visit the HHS website.
More information is available at hhs.texas.gov. Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services.