Mental Health Projects and Initiatives

Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS)

  • The purpose of the Clinical Management for Behavioral Health Services (CMBHS) project is to develop an integrated clinical management system for behavioral health care (mental health and substance abuse) services at DSHS. Our focus is to respond to the needs of the behavioral health community in providing a holistic approach to mental health and substance abuse services. Find out more about CMBHS »

Clearinghouse: Best Practices  for Mental Health Systems

  • 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. Learn more about the Clearinghouse or submit a best practice »

Disaster Behavioral Health in Texas

  • The primary responsibilities of disaster behavioral health services are to utilize and coordinate disaster mental health resources prior to, during, and after an event and to establish and manage short-term crisis counseling program in a federally-declared impact area. The Crisis Counseling Program, a Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded program, establishes a team at a host mental health and mental retardation center and provides outreach, screening, and assessment, counseling, information, and referral, and public education about the effects and means to manage stress. Read more about Disaster Behavioral Health Services »

Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC)

  • The Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC) was created by H.B. 2439, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, 2007. The committee advises the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities.  Pursuant to S.B. 277, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, the LANAC was discontinued effective September 1, 2015.

Local Planning and Network Development (LPND)

  • Information for 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. Read more about LPND »

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information Center

Mental Health System Transformation

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded $92.5 million to seven states over five years for Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grants, including Texas. The program concluded in 2011. Texas was charged with building a solid foundation for delivering evidence-based mental health and related services, fostering recovery, improving quality of life, and meeting the multiple needs of mental health consumers across the life span. Learn more about Texas Mental Health Transformation »

Texas Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC)

  • Texas' Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (MHPAC) was created as a result of the federal requirement that States and Territories engage in mental health planning in order to receive federal Mental Health Block Grant funds. The laws further require that stakeholders, including mental health consumers, their family members, and parents of children with serious emotional or behavioral disturbances, must be involved in these planning efforts through membership in the planning and advisory council. Learn more about MHPAC » In late 2011, MHPAC was superseded by the Council for Advising and Planning for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders (CAP).

Texas Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis Services Redesign

  • During the 80th Legislative Session, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was appropriated $82 million to implement a statewide redesign of crisis services. Read more about Crisis Services Redesign » 

Working Well: Can Disability be prevented?

  • Working Well, the Texas Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE) was a ground-breaking study designed to help keep people well and working. Working Well tested whether providing health coverage and employment supports will keep working people with mental and physical disabilities off federal benefits, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Learn more about Working Well »

Last updated September 26, 2016