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Good morning!

After months of hard work, dedication, and collaboration, we are thrilled to officially announce the launch of Texas System of Care’s new website!

With our updated website and new mobile-responsive experience, we made it easier to learn more about our initiatives, find resources, and get involved.

Read about all of our website’s new features on our blog!
Until next time,
Texas System of Care



SAVE THE DATE: 2020 Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest

Open: December 1, 2019 | Close: March 1, 2020

This annual contest, held in partnership by Texas System of Care and Texas Health and Human Services Commission, shines a light on an often-overlooked topic and shows why mental health matters. To educate people about how common mental illnesses are and to encourage Texans to seek help when they need it, our yearly themes reflect the move toward treating mental illness with the same openness as other illnesses.

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Job Opportunity for a Parent with Lived Experience

Texas Parent to Parent

Texas Parent to Parent has received grant funding to a hire a parent who has experience with navigating the mental health system for children. It is a part-time position that could possibly increase to 30 hours per week. Please forward the job description to those who may be interested!

Download job description

How to Identify and Engage Social Media Influencers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Getting in contact with a celebrity, even a local one such as your mayor, can be difficult but also extremely beneficial. Download this tip sheet for tips and tricks to identify and engage the best influencers for your organization.

Download tip sheet

Behavioral Health Training Institute for Health Officials Program

National Council for Behavioral Health
Apply by: Nov 6, 2019

The National Council’s 2019–2020 Behavioral Health Training Institute for Health Officials Program, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, assists public health officials as they develop behavioral health competencies needed to advance comprehensive efforts in the communities they serve.

Apply now


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.


2020 Training Institutes

June 29 – July 3, 2020
Orlando, FL

For more than 30 years, the Training Institutes, a biennial event, have been the premier convening of leaders in children's services. The 2020 Training Institutes, What Could Be: Bolder Systems & Brighter Futures for Children, Youth, Young Adults & their Families, challenge us to build on existing delivery systems for children’s services with new ideas to meet the future.



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.

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See all CLC Podcasts

Broken Borders: Responding to Trauma in Hispanic and Latino Immigrants and Refugees

South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center

This webinar identifies factors contributing to adverse mental health outcomes among Hispanic and/or Latinx communities that have recently immigrated or sought asylum in the U.S., and offers providers meaningful intervention strategies for supporting individuals with these experiences.

Watch now

Financing to Support Better Outcomes for Young Adults

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
October 22, 2019 at 1:00–2:30pm CT

Young adults have identified peer support as a critical role in services to enhance their wellness and resiliency. This webinar will identify multiple strategies for funding youth peer support.


Care Integration Best Practices: Care Coordination Approaches for Children with Moderate to Intensive Behavioral Health Challenges

October 23, 2019 at 12:00–1:30pm CT

This webinar is the third in a series that focuses on the recommendations of an Expert Convening on Care Integration convened by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health. This webinar describes approaches to care integration for children with moderate to complex behavioral health challenges, including collaborative care within primary care and tiered care coordination within a statewide Medicaid health home approach.


Enhancing the Diversity of the Public Health Workforce: Why Inclusion and Competencies Matter

National Council for Behavioral Health
October 23, 2019 at 1:00–2pm CT

Advancing diversity, inclusion and workforce competencies in public health and behavioral health is a key strategy in building organizations that can better address the social determinants of health and improve the lives of individuals with behavioral health conditions. Join to learn why a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment with strong public health and behavioral health competencies matters, and what you may lose when you don’t prioritize the diversity of your workforce to build an inclusive and equitable future of health.


Implementing Wraparound in Rural Communities

November 1, 2019 at 1:00–2:30pm CT

This webinar will explore strategies for serving rural communities with the same high quality, high fidelity wraparound as provider saturated urban centers.


Additional Resources

Suicide Prevention Month 2019

Texas System of Care & Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health

Although Suicide Prevention Month is ending, every day remains an opportunity to raise awareness and educate yourself. See the resources we shared over the month by following the link below.

Access the resources

SAMHSA Launches New Suicide Prevention Resources Page


SAMHSA has created a new webpage that contains videos and other resources to help prevent suicide and offer support to those in crisis.

Visit the website

Youth in Court Toolkit

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association recently released a set of tools — developed with funding from the Casey Foundation — to help judges and lawyers more effectively engage young people in foster care in court hearings and case planning.

Access the toolkit

SPRC: Building Life Skills, Connectedness, and Resilience in Youth

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

This evidence-based program is helping to enhance life skills and resilience and promote social connectedness and support among students — critical parts of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.

Learn more
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