Best Practices Clearinghouse for Mental Health Systems Contact Us

For submissions, comments or questions, please contact DSHS staff at the Best Practices Clearinghouse for Mental Health Systems at

Submit a Best Practice

To submit a best practice developed by your agency or organization, please follow the instructions on the best practice submission form (MS Word - File viewing informationInformación de visualización de archivos). Each application will be evaluated according to the criteria for best practices. DSHS staff will contact the applicant to identify and collect appropriate data and documentation about the practice, including implementation procedures and outcome data.

DSHS is working with the Texas Council of Community MHMR Centers and the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC), originating out of House Bill 2439, in the development of this Clearinghouse. DSHS will contact staff indicated on the form, collect submission information, and write up a best practice summary for the LANAC or its designated subcommittee for review and approval. If all criteria are met and the LANAC approves the Best Practice, it will be added to the Clearinghouse.

Suggest a Best Practice

If you know of a practice that might be appropriate for the Clearinghouse, please submit this information on our best practice suggestion form (MS Word - File viewing informationInformación de visualización de archivos). Suggested items are subject to the same criteria and reviewed in the same manner as submissions.

Sample Best Practice Summary

NOTE: This is not the proposed format for the summary as all of the information below may not be applicable to every best practice. If you are contacted for additional information, DSHS will provide you will a template for that submission.

  1. Name of Best Practice
  2. Sponsoring Organization(s)
  3. Location of Organization(s)
  4. Date of Implementation
  5. Overview
    • Objectives (including target group)
    • Key strategies
    • Outcomes
  6. Effectiveness
    • Description of problem or situation before implementation, including key baseline data when available
    • Description of status after implementation, including key outcome data
  7. Setting
    • Description of the organization (or collaboration) and environment, including:
      • Description of service area, including demographics
      • Organizational overview, including relevant information about services, operations, and staffing
      • Description of service population
      • Description of partnerships
  8. Process
    • Defining the problem/issue and objectives
    • Planning
    • Training
    • Implementing the Intervention
    • Evaluating the results
    • Improving the process
  9. Lessons learned
    • Challenges
    • Recommendations
  10. Costs and funding
    • Approximate cost
    • Source of funding
  11. Additional information
    • Contact name, valid e-mail address and phone number
    • Link to program materials, procedures, forms, etc.
    • Evaluation data
  12. Other resources
    • Resources used in developing the intervention
    • Related resources
    • Publications

Last updated April 23, 2010