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Coordinated Funding for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance: Current Funding, Services and Recommendations is a 2011 report by the Children’s Coordinated Funding Committee. This committee is comprised of program and finance representatives from nine child-serving state agencies and was charged by the Mental Health Transformation Working Group (TWG) to examine the issue of fragmented funding and service coordination for children with severe emotional disturbance (SED). This specific population of children was selected due to the high costs shared among agencies and programs, and because there is great potential to better coordinate funds across agencies to improve outcomes and reduce costs that could then be redirected to early intervention and prevention efforts. .
Report by the Mental Health Policy Analysis Collaborative: The Consequences of Untreated Mental Illness In Houston (PDF) - November 2009
Texas School-Based Behavioral Health Survey
A goal of the Children and Adolescent Workgroup was to assess staff perceptions of behavioral health needs and resources in Texas public schools. The Texas School-Based Behavioral Health Survey Report and Recommendations presents findings and recommendations based on results of the survey.
Texas Comprehensive Mental Health Plan (PDF) • MS Word version
This report provides an update on mental health transformation accomplishments in FY 2009, including: a new conceptualization of the project, an updated version of the Texas CMHP goals and subgoals, and progress on all project activities; presents priority projects and measures for the remainder of the grant period; describes how transformation will be sustained when federal funding ceases; and presents the MHT Evaluation Plan and how achievement of Texas CMHP goals will be tracked and measured for the remainder of the grant period Posted October 2009.
• Read the 2007 CMHP Report » (PDF)
• Read the 2006 CMHP Report » (PDF, 378 KB)
Behavioral Health Services for Returning Veterans and Their Families: Services, Gaps, and Recommendations (PDF), a report of the Returning Veterans Subgroup of the Mental Health Transformation Working Group, is now available.
Youth Voice Summit Report Summary (PDF)
The Texas Mental Health Transformation project sponsored a Youth Voice Summit to explore opportunities for establishing a Youth Voice in Texas that maximizes the statewide benefits of the expertise of youth who have received services and/or supports from state agencies, private providers, or others; impacts state policy; provides the basis for structured youth peer-to-peer supports; and educates youth, policy makers, and providers. This summit included youth participants from several communities across Texas representing cultural and geographical diversity and resulted in recommendations for implementation of Youth Voice mechanisms at both the community and state levels.
FY 2007 Texas Adult Mental Health (AMH) Consumer Survey (MS Word)
In state fiscal year (FY) 2007, Texas conducted its 11th annual Adult Mental Health (AMH) Survey. The AMH Survey, designed by the federal Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP), measures consumer perception of state mental health services as part of a broader federal effort to evaluate the performance of the mental health system. This report presents the FY 2007 Texas AMH Survey statewide results. An accompanying report presents the FY 2007 results for the Texas Youth Services Survey for Families (YSSF), which measures the perception of parents whose children have received state mental health services.
FY 2007 Texas Youth Services Survey for Families (YSSF) (MS Word)
In state fiscal year (FY) 2007, Texas conducted its sixth annual Youth Services Survey for Families (YSSF). The YSSF, designed by the federal Mental Health Statistics Improvement Program (MHSIP), measures consumer perception of state mental health services as part of a broader federal effort to evaluate the performance of the mental health system. This report presents the Texas FY 2007 YSSF statewide results. An accompanying report presents the FY 2007 results for the Adult Mental Health (AMH) Survey, which measures the perception of adults who have received state mental health services.
The Future Mental Health System in Texas: Recommendations for Mental Health Transformation, Report of the Mental Health Transformation Workgroup to the Senate of Texas Committee on Health and Human Services, November 1, 2006 (PDF, 313 KB)
Mental Health System Transformation Grant Abstract (PDF, 411 KB)
Mental Health Needs Assessment, "Voices Transforming Texas: Texas Assessment of Mental Health Needs and Resources" (PDF, 4.73 MB)
Executive Summary of Mental Health Needs Assessment (PDF, 836 KB)
Comprehensive Mental Health Plan for the State of Texas (PDF, 378 KB)
Goals and Strategies (PDF, 46 KB)
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Housing Academy Webinar Presentation
On May 18th, DSHS hosted a webinar on Veterans Homeless Programs sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.(VA) The VA has made a strong commitment to ending homelessness for veterans and dedicated significant resources to accomplish this aim. This webinar is designed to provide participants with information about available resources that housing providers can access to create options for veterans in Texas communities and how to work with the Veteran’s Homeless Coordinators for your geographic area. There are various approaches to housing that the VA supports. Faculty: Heloise Ferguson, MSW, MPH, is the Homeless Coordinator for Veteran’s Integrated Services Network (VISN) 17. This presentation (PDF) was shared with attendees of the webinar.
NEW Presentations from the Serving Justice-Involved Veterans Conference held in Austin on December 2, 2009 (Scroll down to "Additional Information and Resources")
Mental Illness, Incarceration, and Community Re-entry:
Telepsychiatry and Continuity of Mental Health Care
Twelve presentations from the October 29 – 31, 2008 meeting of the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.
A PowerPoint presentation providing updates on MHT, LPND and Crisis Redesign. (MS PowerPoint, 534 KB)
Mental Health: A Guide for Latinos and their Families - DVD and Guidebook
“Mental Health: A Guide for Latinos and their Families” is now available from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The 30-minute DVD and guidebook are in English and Spanish. They can be viewed online and single copies are available free. The materials are aimed at helping to inform the general Latino public about mental health, to dispel common misperceptions, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness among Latinos. The DVD and guidebook acknowledge the uniqueness of the Latino culture in the U.S. and address some of the challenges many Latinos face in getting help for mental illness.
Working Together to Help Youth Thrive in Schools and Communities (PDF)
Systems of care -- coordinated networks of community-based mental health services and supports for children and youth with serious mental health challenges -- are able to dramatically improve the academic, behavioral and emotional performance of participating youth according to this report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report measured performance outcomes of system of care programs and found that these improvements occurred among many young people within 12 months of their enrollment in these programs. • SAMHSA Newsletter on the topic of coordinated care
Integrated Health: Connecting Body and Mind (PDF)
This Hogg Foundation report describes integrated health care and identifies resources to assist with developing and implementing integrated care systems. More from the Hogg Foundation on Integrated Healthcare »
DSHS Behavioral Health NEWS BRIEF
(Bimonthly publication) Informing policy and practice in mental health and substance abuse services through data.
An Employer's Guide to Behavioral Health Services
A roadmap and recommendations for evaluating, designing and implementing behavioral health services.
Links to the following sites are provided as a courtesy to those interested in issues related to mental health from a variety of standpoints. The views expressed on these sites are not necessarily those of any person or entity involved with Texas' Mental Health Transformation project.
Via Hope Texas Mental Health Resource
This site is a training and technical assistance resource for mental health consumers, their family members, youth consumers, and professionals. Via Hope provides mental health consumers, family members and mental health professionals with information and educational resources- including an extensive online course catalog- that can assist with recovery and professional development. The website also includes information about Texas' certified peer specialist program, currently in development by Via Hope.
TexVet: Partners Across Texas
This site is a collaborative effort of federal, state, and local organizations that focuses on bringing military members and those that care about them a wealth of resources. The resources identified through TexVet are meant for anyone who is serving or has served in any branch of the military, as well as the others who care about and for a service member.
MHT Adult Recovery and Child Resiliency Projects
Getting Through Tough Economic Times
SAMHSA guide providing practical advice on how to deal with the effects financial difficulties can have on your physical and mental health.
Texans Working Together
A website dedicated to the elimination of the stigma of mental illness in every Texas workplace.
2007 Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers Serving Youth with Mental Health Needs from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (PDF)
This guide provides practical information and resources for youth service practitioners at local One-Stop Career Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation offices, youth programs funded under the Workforce Investment Act, school transition programs, and mental health agencies. In addition, it provides policy makers, from the program to the state level, with information to help them address system and policy obstacles in order to improve service delivery systems for youth with mental health needs. This Guide also includes samples of interagency data sharing agreements and other resources.
SAMHSA's Resource Center to Address Discrimination & Stigma Associated
with Mental Illness (ADS Center)
Two site features of particular interest are the listserv and the section providing information for consumers.
The National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
PsychForums Mental Health Support Community
A popular online discussion forum and support group covering both general and specific mental health topics.
Mental Health in Texas
Discussion forum on the topic of mental health in Texas.
Psych Central: Mental Health Support Groups
An index of mental health support groups and Usenet news groups.
SAMHSA Index of Texas Mental Health Resources
Includes contact information for state agencies, support organizations, and advocacy organizations.
The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic
When Willard Psychiatric Center in New York's Finger Lakes closed in 1995, workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building. Many of them appeared untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before entering the institution. The Willard Suitcase Project and Museum Exhibit documents the findings and tells some of the stories of their owners.
Fine Line, Michael Nye
From the website: "FINE LINE is a documentary of voices, stories and portraits that confronts stereotypes and reveals the courage and fragility of those living with mental illnesses. ¶ Photographer Michael Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories. Schizophrenia, depression, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and bi-polar disorders are among the experiences considered. "