East Texas Council of Governments

The East Texas Council of Governments has released the results of a new study by an Austin firm that tabulates the cost of mental health care county by county.

The county judges in the region requested a thorough review of the costs and expenditures associated with mental health and substance abuse issues, according to David Cleveland, executive director of the East Texas Council of Governments.

A series of meetings this month in East Texas will mark formal steps to draft a county-by-county broadband plan for the region.

The East Texas Regional Broadband Initiative is a 14-county project led by the East Texas Council of Governments or ETCOG alongside the consultancy of Connected Texas, which aims to advance technology in rural Texas.

Ron Turner, Connected Texas’ community technology adviser, says he plans to hold meetings in all 14 counties to develop tailored plans for broadband connectivity.

Nearly 500 East Texas emergency responders have launched a three-day regional emergency response test. The training exercise is being held in Canton. It will help 14 counties improve their coordination and understanding of protocol for when a real disaster strikes.