Services for Children and Adolescents

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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 children and adolescents in need of such services. 

Finding Services

If you are faced with an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

To find mental health services in your area, please search for the referral line phone number of your Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) using the online mental health services search form. You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To find substance abuse treatment services in your area, please call, toll free, 1-877-9-NO DRUG (1-877-966-3784) for immediate and confidential help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or search online for the nearest substance abuse treatment program.

To find substance abuse prevention services in your area, please call, toll free, 1-877-9-NO DRUG (1-877-966-3784) or search online for the nearest substance abuse Prevention Resource Center. Please note that search results will include all DSHS-funded prevention and intervention service providers for that county in addition to the Prevention Resource Centers.

Substance Abuse Prevention Services

There are 11 Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs) across the state. These centers provide communities with prevention information, resources, and expertise. Learn more about Prevention Resource Centers »

Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse Service Criteria

Texas youth residents ages 13-17 who meet DSM-IV-R criteria for substance abuse or dependence who have been assessed to be of high severity (for intensive residential treatment) or moderate severity (for supportive residential treatment) and lower severity (for outpatient treatment) are eligible for treatment according to DSHS Client Placement Guidelines. Young adults aged 18-21 may be admitted to a youth treatment program when the screening process indicates the individual’s needs, experiences, and behavior are similar to those of youth clients.  Learn more about substance abuse services for youth »

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service CriteriaFamily Guide: Children's Mental Health Services

DSHS Children’s Mental Health serves children ages 3 through 17 with a diagnosis of mental illness (excluding a single diagnosis of substance abuse, mental retardation, autism or pervasive development disorder) who exhibit serious emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and who:

  1. Have a serious functional impairment; or
  2. Are at risk of disruption of a preferred living or child care environment due to psychiatric symptoms; or
  3. Are enrolled in a school system’s special education program because of serious emotional disturbance.

Learn more about mental health services for children and adolescents »

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Last updated August 28, 2013