EDINBURG, Texas – State Representative Terry Canales was presented with the top legislative award given each biennium by the Texas Psychological Association at his law office in Edinburg, Texas. The award was presented by Edinburg-based psychologist and current Texas Psychologist of the Year, Dr. Joseph McCoy.
The award is given each biennium to a legislator, legislative employee, or other individual who has had a major role in passing legislation that significantly impacts psychology in Texas. This year, Representative Terry Canales was recognized for his work during the 2023 Legislative Session. Representative Canales authored forward-thinking legislation during a challenging legislative session that helps reduce unnecessary delays in the guardianship process and will ultimately save money for Texas families.
Rep. Canales made the following comments:
I am deeply honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award from the Texas Psychological Association for my contributions to the field of psychology in our great state. It is with immense gratitude that I accept this recognition. Our collective commitment to advancing mental healthcare issues has driven meaningful policy reforms, and I am grateful to have played a role in the passage of legislation that will have a lasting impact on mental health in Texas.
The legislation we championed reflects our shared values of promoting access to mental health services, reducing stigma, and ensuring that individuals in need receive the support they deserve. By prioritizing psychological well-being, we are fostering a stronger and more resilient community. I extend my sincere appreciation to the Texas Psychological Association for this recognition and commend their unwavering dedication to advancing the field. Together, we will continue to work towards a Texas where mental health is a top priority and every individual can thrive.
You can find more information on the bill that was passed here.
Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, is the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and a member of the Sunset Advisory Commission. Rep. Canales represents House District 40 in Hidalgo County, which includes portions or all of Edinburg, Elsa, Faysville, La Blanca, Linn, Lópezville, McAllen, Pharr and San Juan. He may be reached at his House District Office in Edinburg at (956) 383-0860 or at the Capitol at (512) 463-0426.