About the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division

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MHSA LogoThe 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:

  • Effectively administering mental health and substance abuse programs and contracts
  • Providing hospital care services through the State Hospital system
  • Ensuring administrative policies and practices are consistent with the goals of the Texas Department of State Health Services

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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Last updated October 29, 2013