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The Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division funds providers of mental health and substance abuse services who then assist those in need of such services.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division is pleased to offer the option of subscribing to email announcements about changes and updates to selected Division web pages.
The latest announcements and mental health items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) are provided here. For information and announcements regarding the MHSA Division or behavioral health generally, or substance abuse, you may wish to visit the MHSA announcement page or the substance abuse announcement page respectively.
These resources are provided to help individuals and their families become better-informed about mental health issues. For information on how to get help in Texas, please visit our page on how to get help for mental health concerns or how to get help for substance abuse problems.
Performance Contract forms, reports, attachments, and information items for the current fiscal year.
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) through the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) posted a Request for Information seeking certain information that would assist DSHS and HHSC in developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) and to assess the level of interest among private entities in operating one of the state hospitals currently managed by DSHS. Learn More »
The Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC) advises the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities.
The 80th Legislature appropriated $82 million for the FY 08-09 biennium. Guided by the Legislature and in response to Rider 69, these funds allowed the state to make significant progress toward improving the response to mental health and substance abuse crises. Learn more about improvements to statewide crisis services »
The Housing and Health Services Coordination Council (HHSCC) was created by Senate Bill 1878 during the 81st Texas Legislative Session. The purpose of this Council, as written in the statute, is to increase state efforts to offer service-enriched housing through increased coordination of housing and health services. In order to cross-educate state housing and health services staff and further interagency coordination, the Council has published a Texas State Agency Reference Guide. The purpose of the Guide is to address the need for standardized educational resource materials, to be shared amongst State housing and health services agencies, to train relevant agency staff members and increase expertise in both housing and health services programs.
Report: "Another Look at Mental Illness and Criminal Justice Involvement in Texas: Correlates and Costs" - MHSA Decision Support - 2010 (PDF)
The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders
The Disaster Behavioral Health Services Team is charged with coordinating disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Texas during and after a state or federally declared emergency. This includes guidance, technical assistance, and collaboration with decision makers at all levels of government.
Each quarterly issue of the Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF brings to light hospital, community mental health, and substance abuse data trends at Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is governed by laws and rules that are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of public and private services and supports for Texans with mental illnesses. Learn more about Texas’ formal mental health rules »
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) convened the Continuity of Care Task Force (COCTF) to address the continuum of care for individuals with behavioral health disorders who move through multiple state, local and other provider systems, and prioritizing recommendations to improve continuity and capacity of care between systems. The COCTF prioritized data development and analyzed global service system issues in making the recommendations concerning policy and practice, statute, clinical practices, and interim work, all of which are addressed in the final report of the Task Force.
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