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    Vision: A Healthy Texas

    Mission: To improve health and well-being in Texas
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    Texas 211

Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program Services Section


The Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Program Services Section administers mental health and substance abuse programs and consists of four units.

The Medicaid Services Unit focuses on state behavioral health Medicaid programs, including the YES Waiver and NorthSTAR. The MHSA Division is actively engaged in numerous innovative uses of Medicaid programs. Many of these activities are linked to national Medicaid reform efforts designed to meet the evolving behavioral health needs of individuals while demonstrating the effectiveness of new approaches to treatment and service delivery. The focuses of the Unit are: Intra-agency and Health and Human Services coordination related to planning, strategy development and implementation of behavioral health Medicaid programs; measurement, analysis and review of the performance of innovative efforts; and information exchange and knowledge management.

The Adult Mental Health Services Unit implements strategies to improve the mental health of Texas adults. The specialty functions of the unit includes: community mental health, housing and homeless issues, forensic services, services to the elderly, vocational services, services to veterans, mental health promotion, expansion of evidence-based practices, interagency coordination, recovery and resiliency, and clinical consultation.

The unit includes the Disaster Response Team, which is the primary contact for behavioral health services in response to disasters. Examples of functions performed by staff include: inter- and intra-agency coordination, planning and implementation of activities associated with disaster preparedness, response and recovery, liaison to the federal disaster relief assistance programs, addressing and monitoring emerging issues and trends in disaster behavioral health, provision of subject matter expertise, and management of the disaster behavioral health services provider network.

The Substance Abuse Services Unit directs substance abuse treatment for adults and youth and tobacco prevention and control. The specialty functions of the unit include substance abuse treatment programs for adults and youth, recovery support services, tobacco use prevention and cessation programs, coordination of substance abuse treatment with criminal and civil justice systems including drug court programs, reduction of stigma associated with addiction, integration of primary and behavioral health services, and expansion of evidence-based practices.

The Child and Adolescent Services Unit focuses on the behavioral health of Texas children ages 0 - 18. The specialty functions of the unit address needs specific to the unique population served, which includes substance abuse prevention, behavioral health promotion, community mental health, trauma informed care, evidence-based practice, transitional services for young people “aging out” of the state child and youth service systems, forensic services, and interagency coordination.

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Last updated December 23, 2013