“Then, for the first time, I understood why he had always espoused the cause of the common people, the need of battling for the weak against the strong, the necessity of free education for all, if a democracy is to survive.” — Will Hogg
Systems and Services in Texas
Meeting the mental health care needs of Texans requires critical policy analysis and decision-making. The maze of behavioral health services is complex, making it difficult to understand and difficult to improve.
This comprehensive resource is designed to help advocates, policy makers, families and individuals prepare for and navigate mental health systems and services in Texas.
Insufficient access to mental health treatment, supports and services remains one of the most pressing policy issues in Texas. This guide provides an overview of the behavioral health care delivery system and the services provided under various state agencies that are funded in full or in part with state appropriations. Read more
A national paradigm shift is underway to transform behavioral health delivery systems with an increased focus on recovery, wellness and self-directed care. This section focuses on select bills and issues at the national level that have a direct impact on systems and services in Texas. Read more
The Texas Environment
The past legislative session yielded both successes and lost opportunities for individuals with mental health and substance use conditions. In this section, important areas of Texas behavioral health systems are covered. Read more
Public Behavioral Health Services in Texas
This section includes the new Texas Health and Human Services organizational structure and program alignment in place as of October 1, 2016. It also includes an overview of other state agencies and programs that provide behavioral health services. Read more
This section includes a list of figures, acronyms, additional resources, advisory committees, and a glossary of commonly used behavioral health terms. Download
Public Policy at the Hogg Foundation
We partner with advocates and policy makers to inform change across the system.
An archive of our policy priorities, recommendations and evaluations related to mental health in Texas.
85th Legislative Session Summary
Bills passed addressed a wide range of behavioral health needs for Texans.