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Mental Health and Substance Abuse

About the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) supports the Agency-wide mission of improving the health and well-being of Texans through the provision of information and services related to behavioral health.

Who We Are

In September 2004, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) consolidated legacy agencies into four departments, one of which is now the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of DSHS is comprised of professionals committed to a high level of service for Texans who are in need of mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services.

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division activities include:

Our Vision

Hope, Resilience, and Recovery for Everyone

Our Mission

To improve health and well-being in Texas by providing leadership and services that promote hope, build resilience, and foster recovery.

Our Goals

  • Promote resilience-based and culturally competent substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion across the life span
  • Implement a statewide behavioral health recovery model
  • Maximize service delivery through accountable and sustainable partnerships
  • Ensure quality, cost-effective service delivery
  • Utilize data to improve service delivery outcomes
  • Create and maintain effective internal and external communications
  • Implement effective administration strategies to empower staff to achieve the division’s mission

Contact Us

  • If you or someone you know is facing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • To find mental health services in your area, please visit our mental health services overview page.
  • For substance abuse services in your area, please visit our substance abuse services overview page.
  • Our toll-free phone number is 1-866-378-8440.
  • Our mailing address is
    P.O. Box 149347
    Mail Code 2053
    Austin, Texas 78714-9347

News and Announcements

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Public Hearing - Facility Location Feasibility Study

The Health and Human Services Commission is holding three hearings in June to obtain input from stakeholders and the public as part of a study required by Senate Bill 200, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015. A report of the findings is to be submitted to the legislature by September 1, 2016. For details, visit the Facility Location Feasibility Study public hearing page.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Public Reporting System (SB 126)

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division is committed to providing detailed information on the quality of state funded Mental Health and Substance Abuse services to all interested stakeholders. This commitment was advanced through legislation passed in the 83rd Regular Legislative session, Senate Bill 126. The resources below provide specific information on how Mental Health and Substance Abuse providers are measured by DSHS on both the quality and quantity of these services and the outcomes, or benchmarks, state contracted providers are expected to reach and maintain.

Mental Health

DSHS contracts with 37 Community Mental Health Centers (also known as Local Mental Health Authorities - LMHAs) to provide mental health services to adults with serious mental illness and children with severe emotional disturbance. This report provides a snapshot of how each Center is meeting the measures that provide an environment for client recovery, including supportive housing and employment. This information is included on both a comprehensive spreadsheet and individual sheets (tabs) that compare how each center is doing on these measures. Adult and child/adolescent data are included.

Substance Abuse

DSHS contracts with more than 250 providers across the state to provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services. These services are provided in a wide array of settings, from school–based prevention services to outpatient and inpatient treatment services. For each type of service, providers are required to provide evidence of their ability to provide clients with the most effective way leading to recovery.

Last Updated May 4, 2016

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