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Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Office of the Assistant Commissioner

Mental Health Transformation and Behavioral Health Operations facilitate division operations and is comprised of four teams: Divisional Budget Team, Operational Services Team, Mental Health Transformation Team, and Consumer Services Team. The Divisional Budget Team and the Operational Services Team facilitate the activities of the division. The Mental Health Transformation Team manages the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant and the Consumer Services Team  responds to questions and complaints from behavioral health clients.

The Senior Policy Analyst Office provides analysis and advice to the Assistant Commissioner of MHSA and to HHSC regarding MHSA policy and finance issues, and develops and implements projects and programs, which test new policy directions for MHSA. Projects and programs include Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Care Pilot, a federal demonstration project integrating specialized services to support independence for former nursing facility residents; Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment (DMIE), a  scientific study to determine if interventions help individuals avert disability and dependence; Youth Empowerment Services (YES) 1915(c) Medicaid waiver, which provides home and community-based services to youth with severe emotional disturbance; National and state health care reform, which includes serving as the MHSA liaison and member of HHSC reform team; Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), which improves employment supports for people with disabilities, including Medicaid Buy-in (MBI); National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Medicaid and Finance Committee, serving as the Texas representative; technical assistance on development / implementation of various proposed Medicaid and related initiatives at MHSA; and technical assistance to HHSC and other HHS agencies on MHSA issues affecting Medicaid and CHIP.

The Behavioral Health Medical Director’s Office enhances the professional environment for medical staff and assists with physician recruitment. The primary functions of the office include serving as a liaison with upper level DSHS leadership on policy development, reviewing policy of the Texas Administrative Code on behavioral health clinical services, and collaborating with DSHS workgroups to improve behavioral health and primary care.

The Decision Support Unit provides data used for reporting, evaluation, monitoring and determining contract compliance.  The focuses of the unit are generating data, research and analysis for use in monitoring individual program compliance, identifying statewide trends and concerns, developing risk assessment instruments to be used for development of the Annual Statewide Quality Management Plan, conducting needs assessments, and reporting on agency performance measures.
The Information Services Unit coordinates internal and external communications for the division. The focuses of the unit are stakeholder communications, maintaining the division’s website, operating the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Information Center, responding to open records requests, tracking legislation relevant to the division, and coordinating the division’s participation in the Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee.

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Last updated November 6, 2015