Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Welcome to the Texas School Mental Health and Behavioral Health Website. TEA developed these Webpages to provide information to help schools to support student mental and behavioral health.

Approximately one in six school-aged youth experiences impairments in life functioning, including impacts on academic achievement, due to a mental illness. The number of students experiencing mental illness increases as young people grow older.

Outside of the student’s home, schools are the most likely place where mental health concerns will be detected. Fortunately, the earlier mental health concerns are detected and addressed, the more likely a student is to avoid the onset and/or progression of a mental illness. Many times signs of deteriorating mental health are noticeable well before a mental illness emerges.

This Website seeks to assist school personnel with resources for supporting student mental health. In Texas, there are numerous collaborative efforts, statutes, services, programs and strategies available to support the identification of mental health challenges and to address them.  Please bookmark the page, share the link and visit often to learn of new resources and opportunities for promoting school mental health in Texas.

Hotlines and Links to Mental/Behavioral Health Supports in Texas 


Texas Behavioral Health Resource Guide for School-Aged Children

Hurricane Harvey Recovery: Mental Health Resources for Schools 

 Best Practice Resources For Schools

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) coordinate with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Education Service Centers (ESCs) annually to update a list of recommended best-practice programs, and research-based practices, for public school implementation. These lists include important practices and programs for school leaders to consider for implementation to support academic achievement.

General Information  is provided here on the statutes addressed by the Best Practice Resources and the process used to develop the list. The Suicide Prevention Webpage contains additional information, guidance and the approved training programs for required suicide prevention.

Early Mental Health Intervention 

Mental Health Promotion 

Substance Abuse Prevention 

Substance Abuse Intervention 

Suicide Prevention  

Grief Informed and Trauma Informed Practices 

Building Skills Related to Managing Emotions, Establishing and Maintaining Positive Relationships, and Responsible Decision-Making 

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Positive Youth Development 

Safe and Supportive School Climate 

Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) Resources  (This page provides specific information to meet statutory requirements for Educator Preparation Programs.)


General Information 

The collaborative interagency work to identify resources for schools is done in accordance with these Texas statutes:

Texas Health and Safety Code Section 161.325,

Texas Education Code Sections 21.044 and 21.462; and

TEC Section 11.252 for district and campus needs assessment and plans. 

 In developing the list of recommended best practice-based resources and research-based programs, consideration was given to:

Internet or online courses or programs developed in Texas or another state that are based on best practices recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services; Administration (SAMHSA).

 Please NOTE: The NREPP is currently not available on the SAMSHA Website

Best Practice Registry of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC).

Best practice-based programs and research-based programs identified through expert sources and interagency review including: universities and scholarly research articles, the United States Department of Education What Works Clearinghouse, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Institute of Justice, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Texas Health and Human Service Commission Office of Mental Health Coordination.

Existing suicide prevention methods developed by ESCs and school districts that are based on documented best practices and statutory requirements;

 Each Best Practice Webpage includes-links for more information on the topic, best-practice or research-based program.

Resources with an * may address multiple best practice domains.

Best practices should be implemented with fidelity to be effective.

Each resource may address some component of a school prevention or intervention plan; however, an individual program or best practice alone does not necessarily address the full spectrum or continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services that may be needed by an individual, community or school.