Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services


About Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

The Texas Department of State Health Services Children’s Mental Health Unit (CMH) serves children ages three through 17 with a diagnosis of mental illness (excluding a single diagnosis of substance abuse, mental retardation, autism, or pervasive development disorder) who exhibits 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.

Utilizing an intensity-based approach to service delivery, services are provided based upon where the youth is on the continuum of mental health. Levels of Care (LOCs) have been designed to make services available that correspond to the intensity and complexity of the identified needs of the youth. An array of evidence-based and promising practices (EBPs) can be individualized to meet these needs and build upon the unique strengths of each individual.

How to Get Help

Please see for information on finding help with mental health concerns for both youth and adults.

Resources for Parents, Guardians, Teachers, and Caregivers

Featured Resource: “Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers”

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Last updated November 20, 2013