Austin, TX (STL.News) Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed M. Connie Almeida, Ph.D., Omedi “Dee Dee” Cantu Arismendez, and Greg Hamilton to the Family and Protective Services Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The council is charged with studying and making recommendations to the commissioner regarding the management and operation of the Department of Family and Protective Services.
Connie Almeida, Ph.D. of Richmond is the director of the Department of Behavioral Health Services for Fort Bend County, and is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology with over 35 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. During the last decade, she has also worked with courts and justice systems to address mental health needs, reduce recidivism, and support recovery as well as family reunification. She is on Fort Bend CASA Advisory Council and recently appointed as a Commissioner to the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health. Dr. Almeida received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Western Connecticut State College and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from University of Maryland. Additionally, she has a postdoctoral specialization in Developmental Disabilities from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.