Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Strategic Prevention Framework
The Texas Epidemiological Workgroup (TEW) is a newly constituted entity consisting of representatives from the various agencies that collect information regarding consumption, consequences of substance abuse, and/or protective and risk factors. The state agencies represented that will contribute data are the Department of State Health Services (substance abuse, mental health, and public health information units), the Health and Human Services Commission, the Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Family Protective Services, the Governor’s Office, the Texas Education Agency, and several agencies representing criminal justice. The group also includes the project’s evaluation team, groups representing underage drinking include Texans Standing Tall and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as well as members from the community. Dr. Jane Maxwell, who publishes the Texas Drug Trends report, is also a member of the workgroup.