In Texas:  

Texas Youth Action Network: The Texas Youth Action Network (TYAN) offers supports to help organizations build or expand Youth-Adult Partnerships. TYAN aims to empower youth and build programs and policies that are responsive to the needs of young people.  

  • Join the TYAN email newsletter. TYAN sends regular updates on tips, strategies, and other interesting material on Youth-Adult Partnerships and Positive Youth Development. To receive these ideas in your inbox, send a message.
  • Connect with TYAN on social media. Get ideas and join the discussion on engaging youth by following TYAN’s social media:

Texas Health Steps: Get free CEs on-the-go with Texas Health Steps Online Provider Education! Courses are available 24/7 on a computer or mobile device and offers practical guidance that can put into practice right away. All of the free modules can be found on the Texas Health Steps' website. The courses listed below are the modules that focus on issues specific to adolescents:

  • Promoting Adolescent Health – learn how to improve adolescent health through:
    • Comprehensive screening during preventive checkups,
    • Effective clinical practices and communication strategies, and,
      • Compliance with state laws and policies related to adolescent healthcare
    • High-risk Behaviors in Young People: Screening and Intervention – Learn about the prevalence, signs, symptoms, and interventions for substance use and other risky adolescent behaviors.
    • Teen Consent and Confidentiality – Learn about the role that consent and confidentiality play in teens’ access to healthcare and how to comply with legal protections of consent and confidentiality in the delivery of healthcare to teen patients.  
    • Preconception Health: Screening and Intervention – Integrate best practices for preconception healthcare and counseling into preventive medical checkups.  

    Health and Human Services Commission:

    • The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment - a comprehensive trauma-informed behavioral health evaluation and communication tool. CANS assessments help decision-making, drive service planning, facilitate quality improvement, and allow for outcomes monitoring.
    • Child and Youth Assessment Services - youth seeking mental health treatment services can receive an intake and uniform assessment. Eligibility is determined once the assessment is completed.
    • Youth Substance Use Program - covers both prevention and care for young people who have a substance use disorder.
    • Title V Maternal & Child Health Fee-for-Service - Preventive and primary health services are provided for youth 21 and younger. These services include:
      • Well-child checkups
      • Laboratory, vaccines and minimal sick care
      • Case management for high-risk infants up to one year of age  

    Department of Family and Protective Services:

    • Transitional Living Services (TLS) - helps foster care youth and young adults make the transition to adulthood smoother and help them identify and achieve long-term education, career, and life goals. 
    • Community Youth Development (CYD) – a prevention program in ZIP codes with high juvenile crime rates for youth ages six to 17 (with a focus on youth ages 10 through 17). Communities use mentoring, youth-employment programs, career preparation, and alternative recreational activities to prevent delinquency.
    • Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) – provides crisis intervention, short-term emergency shelter, individual and family counseling, youth and parent skills groups, and universal child abuse and neglect prevention activities. This program is available in all counties in Texas.
    • Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN) - provides community and evidence-based juvenile delinquency prevention programs available to youth ages six to 17 in each DFPS region.    


    • Office of Adolescent Health – offers research, services, prevention and health promotion activities, training, education, partnership engagement, national planning, and information.
    • Family & Youth Services Bureau – offers programs to end youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence.
    • Act For Youth - connects research to practice in the areas of positive youth development and adolescent/young adult health.
    • – provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – the Division of Adolescent and School Health promotes environments where youth can gain fundamental health knowledge and skills, establish healthy behaviors for a lifetime, connect to health services.
    • National Adolescent and Young Adult Health Information Center (NAHIC) – provides a range of training and technical assistance on improving the delivery of preventive services related to behavioral health, including depression screening and follow-up, and strengthening the focus on the distinct needs of young adults.
    • The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) – provides data on multiple, intersecting aspects of children’s lives—including physical and mental health, access to quality health care, and the child’s family, neighborhood, school, and social context.    

    For more information, please contact us at:

    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Maternal & Child Health
    PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
    Austin, TX 78714-9347
    (512) 776-7373: Phone
    (512) 458-7658: Fax


    External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These external links may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information about Maternal and Child Health or information regarding adolescent health in Texas, please email or call (512) 776-7373.

    Last updated April 10, 2019