Mental Health and Substance Abuse Crisis Services Redesign


The 80th Legislature appropriated $82 million for the FY 08-09 biennium. Guided by the Legislature and in response to Rider 69, these funds allowed the state to make significant progress toward improving the response to mental health and substance abuse crises. The first phase of implementation focused on ensuring statewide access to competent rapid response services, avoidance of hospitalization and reduction in the need for transportation. The 81st Legislature continued funding for these crisis services for the FY 09-10 biennium.


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Final Evaluation Report
March 2010

Previous Reports


  1. Appointment of Committee and Charge (PDF, 52 KB, 12 KB)
  2. Evaluation of Existing Crisis Services (PDF, 178 KB)
  3. Clinical Standards (PDF, 226 KB)

Additional Information

April 14, 2009Texas Department of State Health Services State Hospital Section Policy on Medical Exclusion Criteria Guidelines for State Hospital Admissions (MS Word)

May 12, 2008 — The Texas Department of State Health Services today announced it is awarding $25 million in new funding to 17 local mental health centers for community-based crisis mental health services. A total of $21.4 million is being awarded to 14 local mental health centers for two-year projects that will establish or enhance psychiatric emergency service centers or for other facilities that provide alternatives to sending mentally ill patients to hospitals or jails if they can be treated efficiently in more appropriate settings.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Questions related to Crisis Redesign have been received through emails to, the Crisis Redesign Overview presentation, and through scheduled conference calls. These questions, along with answers, are presented in the document linked below. Additional questions and answers will be posted periodically throughout the Crisis Redesign implementation.

Committee Meetings

The Mental Health Crisis Services Redesign Implementation Team conducted overview training on Monday, October 22, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Since Crisis Redesign implementation is in progress, the information presented below is subject to change.

The Mental Health Crisis Services Redesign Committee reconvened on Thursday, August 2, 2007, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to discuss the implementation plan.

Last updated April 25, 2017