Local Planning and Network Development News Archive

LANAC Nominations: Update

March 6, 2009 – Due to the level of interest in submitting nominations for the four vacancies on the LANAC, the nomination period has been extended for one month to April 6, 2009. Learn more about this opportunity or apply to join the LANAC »

LANAC Nominations

January 30, 2009 - The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is soliciting nominations for the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC). Currently, there are four vacancies on the committee: a Consumer of Mental Health Services Representative, a Family Member of an Individual with Mental Health Needs Representative, an Advocate for People with Mental Health Needs Representative, and a Local Government Official Representative. Learn more about this opportunity or apply to join the LANAC »

Best Practices Clearinghouse for Mental Health Systems

January 29, 2009 - The Clearinghouse is a resource designed to help Local Mental Health Authorities and other behavioral health providers, consumers, family members and interested stakeholders find information about practical approaches for improving mental health service systems that have demonstrated effectiveness, with emphasis on practices that are working in Texas.

LMHA Training Modules

A collaborative effort between DSHS, LMHA staff and community stakeholders, this online training provides information regarding Planning and Local Development. Register for all training modules »

Implementation Date Changes

The Local Planning and Network Development implementation dates are being delayed by one month for all cohorts to allow additional time for training.

The revised starting dates are:

  • Cohort 1: March 1, 2008
    Plans due August 31, 2008
  • Cohort 2: April 1, 2008
    Plans due September 30, 2008
  • Cohort 3: May 1, 2008
    Plans due October 31, 2008


Based on your feedback, the decision was made to use different approaches to disseminate training to the various audiences. LMHA training will be provided through web-based training modules and a series of teleconference calls. Two separate training modules (one relating to the rule and one specific to use of the planning template) will be posted on the web later this month, so that LMHA staff can access the training at any time, from any location. To provide an interactive forum for questions and discussion from LMHAs, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will also schedule a series of conference calls.

Meeting: February 19

There is a meeting scheduled on February 19 with representatives from the negotiated rulemaking committee to discuss the best methods for disseminating information to consumers, family members and other community stakeholders. DSHS is interested in using an approach that is satisfactory to all key stakeholder groups. This brief delay should allow an opportunity to devise such a method.

Contact Us

For more information, please send an email to LPND@dshs.state.tx.us.

Last updated November 16, 2015