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.

Texas Civil Commitment Office

Texas Commission on Jail Standards

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

  • 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.

  • 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 Department of State Health Services

  • DSHS Texas Health Data
    Behavioral health data trends, including those on drugs and alcohol, mental health workforce, licensed health professions, etc.

  • DSHS Controlled Substance Reporting
    Texas law requires that healthcare providers report overdoses involving Penalty Group 1 controlled substances. DSHS has improved how it collects these reports, making it easier for healthcare providers to submit data here.

Texas Education Agency

  • School Mental and Behavioral Health Home Page
    Overview, statutory requirements, links to statewide mental health resources, recommended best-practice based programs and research-based best practices component resources for schools.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Affordable Housing Resources

Aging and Disability Services

Behavioral Health Services

Coordination and Training

Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Reports, Presentations, Rules, and Other

Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health

  • 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).

Texas Military Department

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)

Texas Workforce Commission

  • Texas Workforce Commission Website
    Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

Funding information for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Services at the Texas Workforce Commission

  • TWC Reports: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is federally mandated to collaborate on the Texas Combined State Plan, a four-year plan for achieving all workforce goals of the state, and on the Rehabilitation Council of Texas annual report, which includes data on the effectiveness of the VR program.

The Office of Court Administration and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission

  • 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.

University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) – Tyler

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