State Agency Information

State agency websites can sometimes be difficult to navigate. The Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council members have highlighted links to specific helpful information within their agencies.

  • Job Aide for DFPS Caseworkers – This flyer provides staff from the Department of Family and Protective Services with guidance and resource information on how to support families when a child is in crisis and how to access the Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment Center Project.
  • HHS Residential Treatment Center Informational Flyer – This flyer provides details, including project description, eligibility criteria, and contact information for the Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment Center Project.
  • Residential Treatment Center Family Guide – This guide’s purpose is to inform and support families in making decisions for their child and family, and walks through each step of the residential placement process, including a person’s rights and how to support a child transitioning back home. (Spanish-language version PDF)
  • Family Guide: Children’s Mental Health Services – This guide includes information to help a family navigate the Children’s Mental Health System under the Health and Human Services Commission.
  • Department of Family Protective Services and Local Mental or Behavioral Health Authorities Crosswalk – This document identifies each Department of Family and Protective Services region where Local Mental Health and Behavioral Health Authorities (LMHA or LBHA) provide mental health services.
  • Newly Updated Working with Persons with Disabilities Resource Guide
    DFPS has recently updated the Working with Persons with Disabilities Resource Guide. The update includes vital information about how staff can request a Sign Language Interpreter who can meet the specific needs of an individual with a hearing impairment.
  • Recently Updated Trauma Informed Care Training
    The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recognizes the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect. The need to address trauma is an important component of effective service delivery. The impact of trauma is experienced by children, families, caregivers, and the social service providers who serve them. This training is a free resource for child welfare system caregivers, professionals, advocates, stakeholders and members of the public who are interested in learning about the impact of trauma.
  • Mental Health Resource Guide
    This publicly available resource guide identifies Mental Health related policy and provides guidance on serving families impacted by Mental Health Disorders.
  • Substance Use Disorder Resource Guide
    This publicly available resource guide identifies Substance Use Disorder related policy and provides guidance on serving families impacted by Substance Use Disorders.
  • Trauma Informed Care Supplemental Links and Resources
    This guide provides DFPS employees and stakeholders with access to trainings, policy, assessments, and resources related to Trauma Informed Care.
  • DFPS Texas Youth Connection
    DFPS Texas Youth Connection provides resources for mental health, substance use disorders, and suicide prevention.
  • STAR Health Overview
    Star Health provides children in DFPS Conservatorship with access to medical, dental, and behavioral health services.
  • Psychotropic Medications
    This page provides staff and stakeholders with information on Psychotropic medication policy, medication related issues, and medication management.
  • Senate Bill 44
    Senate Bill 44 requires DFPS to assist families in seeking treatment for children with serious emotional disturbances.
  • Help for Parents; Hope for Kids
    This website provides access to parenting education and resources for families. There are direct links to crisis intervention services and assistance locating substance use treatment, mental health treatment, child development services, childcare services, and legal services.

    The Department created the Behavioral Health Services Division in December of 2018.
    The Division consists of a Division Administrator, a Trauma Informed Care Specialist, a Mental Health Specialist, three Substance Use Specialists, and two Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Specialists. The division assists field staff in case related issues, provides trainings, and acts as a liaison with Local Mental Health or Behavioral Health Authorities, Behavioral Health Hospitals and Treatment Facilities, and Substance Use Treatment Facilities. The Behavioral Health Services Division has presented at various leadership conferences throughout the state.

    The Department is currently participating in a Domestic Violence Initiative.
    The Domestic Violence Initiative (DVI) in the Division of Permanency has developed a series of nine trainings to address family violence and increasing the child/family safety network.

    The Trauma Informed Care Training was updated and published in 2019 to include various resources for Trauma Informed Care and made available to staff and external stakeholders.

    The Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS) Telehealth Initiative has allowed children and caregivers to participate in this assessment remotely. This has increased the overall access to behavioral health services across the state.

  • Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health
    The Judicial Commission on Mental Health was created by a joint order of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The mission of the Judicial Commission on Mental Health is to engage and empower court systems through collaboration, education, and leadership, thereby improving the lives of individuals with mental health needs and persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Funding information for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Services at the Texas Workforce Commission

  • OCA Mental Health Publications and Training Materials
  • Texas Mental Health Defender Programs
    This publication focuses on the role of indigent defense at the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. It describes how Texas addresses mental illness and crime, explores the benefits of mental health defender programs, and examines the operations of several defender programs. Ultimately, TIDC hopes this publication encourages wider adoption of mental health defender programs.

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