Skip to the content

Juvenile Bench Book Committee

The Texas Juvenile Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Bench Book is a procedural guide for Texas juvenile judges hearing cases regarding children with mental illness and/or IDD, developed by the JCMH and numerous contributing authors and editors including the Juvenile Bench Book Committee. 

  • Hon. Cynthia Wheless, Chair
    417th District Court
  • Hon. John J. Specia, Jr.
    (Ret.) JCMH Jurist in Residence
  • Jamie Bernstein, J.D.
    Supreme Court Children's Commission
  • Hon. Sarah Bruchmiller
    Associate Judge, Williamson County
  • Natasha Castille
    City of Allen Municipal Court
  • William R. "Bill" Cox, J.D.
    El Paso County Public Defender’s Office
  • Tami Coy
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department
  • Alyse Ferguson, J.D.
    Collin County Mental Health Managed Counsel
  • Hon. Dena Fisher
    315th District Court
  • Jason Gallini, J.D.
    The Gallini Firm
  • Hon. Cynthia Porter Gore
    City of Allen Municipal Court
  • Sean Grove, J.D.
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department
  • Angelita Hunter
    City of McKinney Municipal Court
  • Jim LaRue
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Chris Lopez, J.D.
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Veronica Martinez
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Jill Mata, J.D.
    Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department
  • Hon. Stacey Mathews
    277th Judicial District Court
  • Beth Mitchell, J.D.
    Disability Rights of Texas
  • Valerie Murrieta, M.S.W.
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Susan Palacios, Ph.D.
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department
  • Hon. Claire Petty
    City of McKinney Municipal Court
  • Liz Pearson
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Terry Qualls
    McKinney Police Department
  • Hon. Renee Rodriguez-Betancourt
    449th Judicial District Court
  • Riley Shaw, J.D.
    Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office
  • Jennie Simpson, Ph.D.
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Kaci Singer, J.D.
    Texas Juvenile Justice Department
  • Kayla Sohns, L.M.S.W.
    Texas Health and Human Services
  • Jessica Stewart, M.A.
    Texas Human and Health Services
  • Nydia Thomas, J.D.
    Lone Star Justice Alliance
  • Haley Turner, M.S.W.
    Health and Human Services Commission
  • Jeannie Von Stultz, Ph.D. 
    Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department 

As of September 2021