Learn How to Get Help for Substance Abuse
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. Learn how to get help for substance abuse issues and what to expect during the process.
The latest announcements and substance abuse items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) are provided on this page. For information and announcements regarding behavioral health generally or mental health, you may wish to visit the MHSA announcement page or the mental health announcement page.
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.
Resources for contractors including information on contract renewal, contract closeout, required reports and forms, substance abuse-related rules, and more.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division Information Center collection includes books, journals, and an extensive video collection that circulates to individuals within Texas to aid them with their instructional training and educational programs as well as providing information to Texas residents through the distribution of pamphlets, posters, and related materials.
The 77th Texas Legislature (2001) passed Senate Bill 558 establishing the Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee (DDRAC) with a mandate to develop comprehensive statewide strategy and legislative recommendations that will reduce drug demand in Texas. The Statute mandates that 16 state agencies participate in this effort, as well as five at-large members from different geographical areas within the state.
The Decision Support Unit allows agency executives, staff, and stakeholders to make data-driven decisions, while also informing policy and practice in mental health and substance abuse through data. Learn more about the Decision Support Unit or view data and reports »
The mission of DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control is to reduce the health effects and economic toll tobacco has placed on the citizens of Texas.
The 2009 Texas Legislature authorized a substance abuse benefit in Medicaid. The comprehensive Medicaid substance abuse treatment services include outpatient services (assessment, ambulatory (outpatient) detoxification, counseling, and medication assisted therapy), as well as residential services (treatment and detoxification).
Learn more about the rules adopted by DSHS, which are related to substance abuse services and published in Title 25 of the Texas Administrative Code.
The purpose of the multi-phase Texas Recovery Initiative is to gather information and recommendations for designing protocols that implement holistic, recovery-oriented models of care for use within the behavioral health community.
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 (PDF). The resources on this web page 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. Learn More »
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