Mental Health and Substance Abuse Prevention

In Accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 831, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency and regional education services centers, shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs for implementation in public elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting.

Best Practice Resources for Schools 


Local Mental Health Authorities

Community mental health centers also referred to as Local Mental Health Authorities provide services to a specific geographic area of the state, called the local service area. DSHS requires each authority to plan, develop policy, coordinate, and allocate and develop resources for mental health services in the local service area.

To find mental health services in your area, please refer to the listing at or search for the referral line phone number of your Local Mental Health Authority using the online mental health services search form.

You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area for confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Hotlines and Links to Mental/Behavioral Health Supports