Definition of Recovery:
A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
Texas Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division mission
The mission of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 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.
Recovery Oriented System of Care Communities (ROSC)
ROSC are a collaboration of local stakeholders, service providers, Community and faith-based organizations, and peers (persons with lived experience with substance use disorders) who are working together to ensure a continuum of care and support for persons affected by substance use disorders (SUD) who may also experience mental health issues. These ROSC Communities are located in each of the State’s 11 Health and Human Services Regions. These local community organizations meet regularly to discuss and address issues effecting their communities related to substance use disorders. The map below indicates where ROSC communities are located. Contact information can be found by clicking on the ROSC cities list below for additional information.
Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)
Recovery Support Service Organization
In November 2014, twenty-two (22) organizations were funded as a pilot project to provide recovery support services to individuals in their communities. These organizations are comprised of 14 Substance Use Disorder Treatment (TO), 6 Community-Based (CO) and 2 Peer-Run Recovery (RCO) organizations. The goal of the pilot project is:1) increase focus on peer-support services 2) increase focus on aligning treatment services with a recovery-oriented approach, and 3) increase focus on expanding community supports available to assist individuals to successfully integrate into their communities. Services provided under the Recovery Support Services pilot project allows for a wide array of non-clinical services and supports to help individuals initiate, support and maintain recovery from substance use disorders. The map below indicates the locations where Recovery Support Service Organizations are located. Contact information can be found by clicking on the list of cities below for more information.
Recovery Support Services Pilot Project
Youth Recovery Centers/Communities
Youth Recovery In 2015, The Department of State Health Services- Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Program Services Department selected eight organization to develop and implement Youth Recovery Centers (YRC) through a Request for Proposal (RFP) to help shape the vision for Youth Recovery in Texas. The Youth Recovery Community focuses on adolescents that have had SUD, including their families, supportive allies and the community as a whole to provide a substance free environment to support the youth’s efforts in rebuilding their lives. The map below indicates the locations where Youth Recovery Centers are located. Contact information can be found by clicking on the list of cities below for more information.
DSHS Funded Youth Recovery Communities
Resource and Information
Recovery Support Services Pilot Project:
Recovery Coach/Peer Mentors/Peer Recovery Support Specialist Information
Listing of Trained Recovery Coaches in Texas- the University of Texas School of Social Works Addiction Research Institute Center maintains a databased of all persons completing the Department of State Health Services approve Peer Recovery Coach Training. Peer Recovery Coaches are a workforce service that provides extremely beneficial knowledge, guidance, and assistance to individuals and their families seeking to improve their quality of life due to substance use disorders. Peer Recovery Coaches services are needed in all industries.
For information regarding trained peer recovery coaches as a work source solution contact: Mary S. Cook, LMSW, Research Associate Addiction Research Institute Center for Social Work Research University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work email:
Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals
Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals is an autonomous arm of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals. The certification board is committed to the setting of counselor standards and protection of the public good.
The certification board engages in the following functions:
- Certifies counselors above and beyond their license to provide counseling services;
- Administers licensure and certification examinations;
- Certifies providers of continuing education;
- Monitors and enforces counselor ethics; and,
- Works to promote counselor reciprocity..
The Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP) is a proud member of IC&RC, the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 25 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military. Contact TCBAP for information additional information regarding their organization, certification requirements for Registered Peer Recovery Support Specialist/Recovery Coach/Peer Mentors information.