About the Council
Join the CAP!
The CAP is currently seeking a Substance Abuse Consumer/Advocate to join the Committee. Applications are due March 14, 2014. Join the CAP!
The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders has roots in the former Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC).
To assure that all Texans have safe and effective prevention, treatment, recovery and resilience support services for mental and substance use disorders.
To ensure the provision of consumer and family centered services and supports for persons with mental and/or substance use disorders or serious emotional disturbance. Monitor, review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding the allocation and adequacy of mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, recovery and resilience support services in the State.
To Partner with the State:
- To ensure consumer and family directed trauma informed services and supports for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders with a focus on recovery and resilience.
- To advocate for Texans with mental and substance use disorders and serious emotional disturbance.
- To support the integration of mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services and supports into overall health services.
- To eliminate disparities in the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders.
- To strengthen the coordination and collaboration with relevant state and community organizations in order to develop systems of care.
Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Learning Community (BHTalk)
The Behavioral Health Technical Assistance Learning Community (BHTalk) promotes collaboration and knowledge development among those individuals committed to making recovery and resiliency the expected outcomes of mental health services. Join the Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) Forum on BH Talk for the opportunity to network with peers in other states. Please note: BH Talk is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by DSHS.
HB 1023 [83(R)] - Mental Health Workforce Shortages
The document below is intended to inform stakeholders of the current state of mental health workforce shortages and to solicit input on potential policy recommendations to address shortages. Proposed policy recommendations from stakeholders are due to HPRC@dshs.state.tx.us by April 1, 2014. Following from HB1023, recommendations should be specific, reference evidence based work, and include feasibility/cost information as possible.