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The Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division funds providers of mental health and substance abuse services who then assist those in need of such services.
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division is pleased to offer the option of subscribing to email announcements about changes and updates to selected Division web pages.
The latest announcements and mental health items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) are provided here. For information and announcements regarding the MHSA Division or behavioral health generally, or substance abuse, you may wish to visit the MHSA announcement page or the substance abuse announcement page respectively.
“Hope, Resilience, and Recovery for Everyone” is the vision statement of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). This vision is aligned with the national movement to incorporate resilience and recovery-oriented services, supports, practices, and beliefs into publicly funded mental health service delivery systems.
These resources are provided to help individuals and their families become better-informed about mental health issues. For information on how to get help in Texas, please visit our page on how to get help for mental health concerns or how to get help for substance abuse problems.
Performance Contract forms, reports, attachments, and information items for the current fiscal year.
The 80th Legislature appropriated $82 million for the FY 08-09 biennium. Guided by the Legislature and in response to Rider 69, these funds allowed the state to make significant progress toward improving the response to mental health and substance abuse crises. Learn more about improvements to statewide crisis services »
The Housing and Health Services Coordination Council (HHSCC) was created by Senate Bill 1878 during the 81st Texas Legislative Session. The purpose of this Council, as written in the statute, is to increase state efforts to offer service-enriched housing through increased coordination of housing and health services. In order to cross-educate state housing and health services staff and further interagency coordination, the Council has published a Texas State Agency Reference Guide. The purpose of the Guide is to address the need for standardized educational resource materials, to be shared amongst State housing and health services agencies, to train relevant agency staff members and increase expertise in both housing and health services programs.
The Disaster Behavioral Health Services Team is charged with coordinating disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Texas during and after a state or federally declared emergency. This includes guidance, technical assistance, and collaboration with decision makers at all levels of government.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is governed by laws and rules that are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of public and private services and supports for Texans with mental illnesses. Learn more about Texas’ formal mental health rules »
The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division is committed to providing detailed information on the quality of state funded Mental Health and Substance Abuse services to all interested stakeholders. This commitment was advanced through legislation passed in the 83rd Regular Legislative session, Senate Bill 126 (PDF). The resources on this web page provide specific information on how Mental Health and Substance Abuse providers are measured by DSHS on both the quality and quantity of these services and the outcomes, or benchmarks, state contracted providers are expected to reach and maintain. Learn More »
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