Local Planning and Network Development Information for Potential Providers


The next submission period will be open from December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018. Please check back for more details on this upcoming planning cycle. 
If you are interested in contracting with a Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) or a Local Behavioral Health Authority (LBHA), you may also contact the local authority directly. Contact information can be found on the List of Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs)/Local Behavioral Health Authorities (LBHA) webpage.

The former NorthSTAR service area transitioned in January 2017 to form two new Local Behavioral Health Authorities: LifePath Systems (Collin County) and the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA; Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwell Counties). As part of the transition process, the new LBHAs completed a comprehensive procurement process to establish provider networks.  Those networks are not affected by this year’s planning process.  Any procurement conducted as a result of this planning cycle will be to expand the LBHA’s current provider network.

October 2017

Providers who are interested in providing mental health services in one or more of the LMHA/LBHA service areas are directed to select the link of that local authority from the list of participating LMHAs/LBHAs. Please note that this process is applicable only to provider organizations. Individual practitioners should contact local authorities directly to discuss opportunities for contracting. 

Using the Provider Inquiry Form, potential provider organizations submit a description of their qualifications, including their experience as it relates to the same or similar services and populations defined in the Texas Resilience and Recovery (TRR) Levels of Care. Information submitted by interested providers will be posted on this website.

Provider organizations currently contracting with LifePath Systems or NTBHA do not need to submit a Provider Inquiry Form through the LPND process to maintain existing contracts.  However, they may choose to submit a form to express interest in contracting for additional services, capacity, or geographic locations. This process does not replace policies and procedures outlined in provider contracts with LifePath Systems or NTBHA, including those relating to contract renewal. Please contact them if you need clarification on maintenance of an existing contract. 

Submitting Completed Provider Inquiry Forms

  • Submitting the Provider Inquiry Form indicates your interest in providing services for one or more local authorities.
  • Please review the information about each local authority before completing the form. In making your selections, remember that the local authorities you choose will be contacting you to schedule a follow-up teleconference. Narrowing your focus from the start can reduce the time and effort you and the local authorities need to invest later in the process. Please do not check all LMHAs/LBHAs.
  • Applicants must be qualified, credentialed and capable of providing services according to the TRR requirements.
  • Information provided on this form will be posted to applicable Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Local Network Planning and Development web page(s).
  • After posting, local authorities and other interested stakeholders, including the public, will be able to review the information you provide on this form.
  • Completing this form does not in any way commit the local authority to procure your services, and HHSC will have no role in arranging for your services to be procured by the local authority.
  • Refer to the list of LMHAs/LMBAs for a list of counties served by each local authority.
  • Refer to TRR Service Requirements and Other Standards to review requirements for each level of care.
  • When complete, return the form via email to LPND@dshs.state.tx.us. Please include the name of the organization in the subject line, and contact information in the body or signature of the e-mail message.
Last updated November 30, 2017