Disaster Resources

Disaster Behavioral Health Information

Providing Disaster Behavioral Health Assistance

State and federal assistance may be available after a disaster to help coordinate disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery. This includes services coordinating stress management and crisis counseling services at the local level. Learn more about disaster behavioral health assistance.

Disaster Behavioral Health Services

The disaster behavioral health services address the psychological, emotional, cognitive, developmental, and social impacts disasters have on survivors. Learn more about disaster behavioral health services.

Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium

The consortium facilitates communication and increases coordination between different state agencies during and after local, state or federal declared emergencies, incidents or disasters. Learn more about the disaster behavioral health consortium.

Texas Critical Incident Stress Management Network

Critical incident stress management is a type of crisis intervention designed to provide support for people that have experienced traumatic events. It is offered to first responders, non-traditional first responders, individuals, families, groups, and organizations. The critical incident stress management network teams are available 24 hours a day. There is no charge for this service. Learn more about the Texas critical incident stress management network.

How Do I Get Disaster Behavioral Health Services?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5900

Call and get immediate counseling 24/7. This is free, confidential, multilingual, and available via text messaging. Local mental health or behavioral health authorities across the state also have crisis hotlines staffed 24/7.

Learn more about how to get disaster behavioral health services

Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919 .
If you identify as a frontline worker, ask about the no-cost, virtual, frontline worker support groups.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has developed and compiled helpful resources for both Texans receiving services and providers during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 SharePoint for Providers

The COVID-19 Provider SharePoint includes up-to-date information related to COVID-19 for use by contracted providers and for sharing with clients, patients and staff members. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) regularly updates SharePoint as new information and resources become available.

Type of Information Available on COVID-19 Provider SharePoint

The Provider SharePoint site provides information and links to websites maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, Texas Department of State Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and HHSC. Information is organized according to the following categories:

  • General updates and information
  • Resources (Medicaid and Medicare information)
  • Online Training
  • Documents library (broadcast messages)

How to Obtain Access to COVID-19 Provider SharePoint

Providers can access the COVID-19 Provider SharePoint by emailing BehavioralHealth_COVID-19@hhsc.state.tx.us.

In response you will receive an email invitation within one to two business days. An organization may request access for multiple people by providing their email addresses in the message. If you have questions, email BehavioralHealth_COVID-19@hhsc.state.tx.us

For additional information and resources pertaining to COVID-19, visit:

Texas Dept. of State Health Services

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