House Bill 1386


HB 1386 Overview

House Bill 1386  was passed during the 82nd Texas Legislative Session in 2011 and became effective September 1, 2011.  The bill is entitled, "An Act relating to the public health threat presented by youth suicide and the qualification of certain persons serving as marriage and family therapists in school districts.”  A copy of the bill is available at the Texas Legislature Online page for HB 1386 (82R).

HB 1386 states that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will coordinate with Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide and annually update a list of recommended early mental health intervention and suicide prevention programs for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. These programs are to be based upon best practices.

The bill allows DSHS and TEA to consider any existing suicide prevention method developed by a school district and any Internet or online course or program developed in this state or another state that is based on best practices recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The list of approved best practices, best practice-based programs, and curriculum for suicide prevention in public schools in Texas is located at Each school district may select from the list a program or programs appropriate for implementation in the district.

Additional HB 1386 Information and Resources

HB 1386 (PDF) at

Summary of HB 1386 at

The Best Practices Registry List (PDF) at

Statement about how to apply to be on the Best Practices Registry list at

Report on House Bill 1386 - 82nd Legislature (PDF)


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Last updated January 08, 2014