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Good morning!

We were proud to co-host over 200 youth, family members, child-serving providers and state and community leaders for the 2019 Texas System of Care & Community Resource Coordination Groups Conference!

Attendees of the two-day conference, held July 17–19 in Austin, learned best practices to better coordinate systems and services for young people with mental health needs. The conference theme, “Mission Possible: All Systems Go!”, nods to the importance of collaboration across agencies to ensure all Texas children have access to high quality mental health care.

Keynote speakers included Tonier Cain-Muldrow, CEO and founder of Tonier Cain, International and former team leader for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, and Elizabeth Manley, clinical instructor for health and behavioral health policy at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland.

Manley says there is an urgency for transformation in children’s behavioral health.

“The current [children’s behavioral health] structure supports youth getting help too late, for too long at the most restrictive settings,” said Manley.

“The system of care framework has a demonstrated history of transformation by identifying and prioritizing the voices of our youth and families and focusing on providing the right care at the right time for the right duration.”

Until next time,
Texas System of Care



Behavioral Health Advisory Committee

August 9, 2019 at 9:00 am
HHSC Brown Heatly, Public Hearing Room, Austin, TX

The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee (BHAC) provides customer/consumer and stakeholder input to the Health and Human Services system in the form of recommendations regarding the allocation and adequacy of behavioral health services and programs within the State of Texas. The BHAC considers and makes recommendations to the HHS Executive Commissioner consistent with the committee’s purpose.

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You CAN Measure Your Communication Efforts!

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Collecting evaluation data on social marketing activities and analyzing the results can help you determine if your communication strategies are working. For tools to evaluate your social marketing efforts, download this tip sheet.

Download tip sheet

Mental Health America Back-to-School Toolkit

Mental Health America

Each August, Mental Health America releases a Back to School Toolkit with information for students and educators to increase their understanding of topics such as trauma, emotional literacy, coping skills, and tips for parents. The goal of this resource is to equip young people, educators, and parents with the information needed to recognize the early warning signs of mental health conditions and facilitate students in gaining access to help and support as soon as possible.

Access the toolkit


4th Annual Summit on Advancing Behavioral Health Collaboratives

November 6, 2019
Austin, TX

The 4th annual summit, titled "Strong Schools: Advancing Student Wellness and Resilience in Texas," will share evidence-based best practices, exemplars of outstanding programs, strategies from the Texas Education Agency to ensure success, and Texas’ Project AWARE plan. This summit is scheduled as a preconference event at the 2019 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health (November 7–9).


2019 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

November 7–9, 2019
Austin, TX

The 2019 Advancing School Mental Health conference is the nation’s premier interdisciplinary conference on school mental health. The conference brings together local, state, national, and international experts to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training and policy. Conference attendees include educators, administrators, student instructional support personnel, health and mental health practitioners, family members, youth, policymakers, researchers, advocates, child-serving agency and organization staff.


NAADAC 2019 Annual Conference

September 28 – October 3, 2019
Orlando, FL

The NAADAC 2019 Annual Conference is six days of education, training, networking, and capacity-building with thought leaders in the addiction profession. The conference will feature seven full-day pre-conference sessions, two full-day post-conference sessions, five keynote speakers and a panel, nine tracks, over 60 breakout sessions, a two-day Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Qualification/Requalification course, a two-day Conflict Resolution for Recovery course, on site book stores, an Awards Lunch, a packed Exhibit Hall, and exciting evening activities. Earn up to 43 CEs.


Hill Day 2019

September 17–18, 2019
Washington, DC

Held in partnership with national mental health and addiction organizations, Hill Day brings together hundreds of behavioral health providers, C-suite level executives, board members, consumers and community stakeholders in D.C. for sessions and workshops on federal behavioral health policy.



April 5–7, 2020
Austin, TX

At NatCon19, 6,000+ attendees experienced once-in-a-lifetime learning, networking and high-octane entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee. Didn’t get to attend? Don’t miss the excitement of NatCon20, to be held April 5–7, 2020, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Registration and housing will open in early September.

Learn more


CLC Podcast: African-American Community

Texas System of Care

We're excited to announce our new CLC Podcast series on working with the African-American community featuring Dr. Regenia Hicks with Harris County Juvenile Probation.

Steam Episode 1 now

Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Urban Communities

August 29, 2019 at 12:30–2:00pm CT

This webinar will address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the impact of social determinants and cultural influences in urban communities. Emphasizing clinical and community-based models, the webinar will highlight practical strategies that may be used to address (ACES) and trauma in children, youth and families while advancing health equity in systems.


Understanding the Needs of Unaccompanied Children

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

The NCTSN developed a webinar and related resources supporting professionals in learning how to be responsive to the developmental, cultural, and linguistic needs of youth traumatically separated from their parents. This episode offers foundational information related to the intersection of culture, the migration journey, trauma and assessment.

Watch now

Additional Resources

MHTTC National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts and Schools

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

To help states, districts, and schools advance comprehensive school mental health, as well as engage in a planning process around implementation of services, the MHTTC Network Coordinating Office and National Center for School Mental Health developed a national school mental health curriculum. This curriculum is intended to be used with district teams that can influence, develop, and oversee school mental health systems at the school district and building levels.

Access the curriculum

SAMHSA Highlights the SHAPE System in Guide for States and Schools


Together with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, SAMHSA has created a bulletin offering guidance to states and schools on how to address mental health and substance use issues in schools. The bulletin highlights the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation system (SHAPE) as an example of how schools self-assess the quality of their comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHS).

Access the resource

Addressing Mental Health Needs Among African American College Males

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

This guide, titled "Brother, You’re on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men," educates young African American college men on the effects of depression and stress and to encourage seeking help for mental health problems.

Access the guide

Addressing Race and Trauma in the Classroom

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This resource guide is intended to help educators understand how they might address the interplay of race and trauma and its effects on students in the classroom. The guide outlines recommendations for educators and offers a list of supplemental resources. It should be implemented in accordance with individual school policies and procedures.

Access the guide

Back-to-School Guide for Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Environments

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network

This handout highlights the new school year as an opportunity to take steps make classroom and schools a safer, more inclusive place for LGBTQ+ students. The handout offers several links to useful resources, such as recognizing Ally Week, creating and sustaining a successful Gender and Sexuality Alliance at your school, and much more.

Access the guide

K–12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention

HEARD Alliance

The content of the Toolkit is drawn from state and national guidelines and from current research and recommendations regarding youth mental wellness and suicide prevention. Information about what schools can do to promote youth mental wellness before mental health concerns arise, how to recognize and respond to a mental health crisis, and how to support a school community after a suicide loss is included.

Access the toolkit

Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, American School Counselor Association, National Association of School Psychologists & The Trevor Project

This document outlines model policies and best practices for school districts to follow to protect the health and safety of all students. As suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 10-19, it is critically important that school districts have policies and procedures in place to prevent, assess the risk of, intervene in, and respond to youth suicidal behavior.

Access the resource

Know the Signs

California Mental Health Services Authority

Know the Signs is a statewide suicide prevention social marketing campaign built on three key messages: Know the signs. Find the words. Reach out.

Visit the website

More Than Sad

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smart about mental health.

Learn more
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