Local Planning and Network Development



DSHS has developed this website to provide information to all stakeholders, including private providers,
who may be interested in the provision of mental health services in collaboration with Local Mental Health Authorities throughout the State of Texas.  

This collaborative approach to service provision is detailed in Title 25, Texas Administrative Code (25 TAC), Chapter 412, Subchapter P. It establishes a standardized, transparent process for planning and developing a network of mental health service providers, emphasizes a choice of providers, and allow for local control through stakeholder input while requiring the network to be managed by the LMHA.

This website is meant to assist interested service providers in negotiating the application process to become part of a local provider network. The networks developed through this process do not serve individuals covered by Medicaid Managed Care. Providers interested in providing mental health services to the Medicaid population can find information about joining a Medicaid Managed Care network on the following website: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/managed-care/mmc/adding-mental-health-svcs.shtml.

On this website, DSHS provides:

  • Links to Resilience and Recovery (TRR) and other important information;
  • Minimum service requirements;
  • Service capacity information for each local service area;
  • A mechanism for providers to indicate their interest (see LPND Information for Potential Providers), and
  • The resulting list of interested providers.

Providers may submit a description of their qualifications, including their experience as it relates to the same or similar services and populations defined in the TRR levels of care. Information submitted by interested providers will be posted on this website.

This list of potential qualified providers is made available to assist LMHAs in making their procurement decisions. The existence of listed qualified providers in an LMHA service area should not be interpreted by the LMHA as requiring procurement.

Local Plans

The rule requires that each LMHA develop a two-year local plan for the development of an external provider network. When approved by DSHS, the plan is posted on the LMHA's website. Revised plans must be submitted to DSHS by March 1, 2016. 

Contact Us

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

Last updated February 18, 2016