Mental Health and Substance Abuse

    • About the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division

      The mission of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) of the Texas Department of State Health Services is to improve health and well-being in Texas  by providing leadership and services that promote hope, build resilience, and foster recovery.  Learn more about MHSA »

    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division Announcements

      The latest announcements and behavioral health items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division are listed below. To receive an email notice each time this page is updated, please subscribe to the MHSA News Announcements email notification list.

    • Receive Mental Health and Substance Abuse Updates via Email

      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.

    • Mental Health Consumer and Substance Abuse Client Rights

      Individuals seeking help with mental health issues and substance abuse treatment are protected by Texas law. 

    • Executive Formulary Committee

      The Executive Formulary Committee maintains and updates the DSHS Drug Formulary which is the standard for medication use in the DSHS State Hospitals and DADS State Supported Living Centers. It is also the standard for entities which contract with the State to provide outpatient public mental health services. It specifies which medications must be available, recommends standards of drug use, periodically reviews drugs listed in the formulary, consults with experts in clinical pharmacy, pharmacology, and other medical specialties, and makes other recommendations concerning drug use and policy as requested by the DSHS Behavioral Health Medical Director. Learn more about the Executive Formulary Committee »

    • Groups and Councils

      A variety of special groups, councils, and task forces convene periodically to focus on specific topics related to mental health, substance abuse, or both mental health and substance abuse.

    • Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS)

      Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) is a web-based clinical record keeping system for state-contracted community mental health and substance abuse service providers.

    • CMBHS User Agreement for Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) Mental Health Providers

      If you are a provider of mental health rehabilitation and targeted case management services and have a contract with a Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO) that includes the requirement of entry of MH Uniform Assessment data (CANS/ANSA) into the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) data system, you must sign this user agreement before you will be given access to CMBHS.

    • Medicaid Services Unit

      The Medicaid Services Unit is responsible for the management of various projects and programs for the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division.  These projects include the NorthSTAR program, the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) program, Disaster Behavioral Health, and other special projects as assigned.

    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Public Reporting System (SB 126, 83R)

      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 »

    • Money Follows the Person - Behavioral Health Pilot (MFP-BH)

      Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a federally-funded national demonstration program that seeks to help Medicaid clients transition from institutions, such as nursing facilities, to home and community-based services. In addition to offering more independence and a potentially better quality of life for individuals who participate, the program is anticipated to save money by shifting spending from more costly institutional care to potentially less costly Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Learn more about this exciting program »

    • Public Information and Open Records

      Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer's agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.

    • Uniform Transportation Standards

      House Bill 167 of the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session amended Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 574.045 to authorize and prioritize who may transport certain patients to designated mental health facilities.  

    • Behavioral Health Databook

      The purpose of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Behavioral Health Data Book is to present, in a quarterly document series, statewide data trends for community mental health and substance abuse services for policy and practice decision making. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide, but as a quick reference for DSHS staff in response to frequently-asked, general questions from behavioral health stakeholders. Therefore, data presented here should not be taken out of this context.

    • Texas Resilience and Recovery

      “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.

    • Disaster Behavioral Health Services: Resilience – Empowerment – Recovery

      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.

      Last updated November 7, 2013