Mental Health and Behavioral Health
Welcome to the Texas School Mental Health and Behavioral Health Website. TEA developed these web pages to provide information to help schools to support students' mental and behavioral health.
Approximately one in six school-aged youth experiences impairments in life functioning, including impacts on academic achievement, due to 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 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.
As a result of school closures and remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been at higher risk of exposure due to adverse childhood experiences and first-hand exposure to the effects of COVID-19. We also know that many educators have themselves experienced a prolonged state of stress over the course of the pandemic and share many of the concerns regarding loss of safety, health, and predictability as students upon the return to school.
That’s why TEA has launched Project Restore and this trauma-informed training video series, which is designed to address these extraordinary and unprecedented needs and connect you to relevant science and strategies that can help you address your own emotional needs as well the needs of your students and colleagues. This series will help educators create an environment that jump-starts teaching and learning and drives student achievement.
Hotlines and Links to Mental/Behavioral Health Supports in Texas
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) (800-273-TALK)
MentalHealthTX.Org – About Mental Health Coordination in Texas and State Resources
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.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) Resources (This page provides specific information to meet statutory requirements for Educator Preparation Programs.)
The list below may support implementing the following legislation from 86R and Texas Education Codes (TEC):
Trauma-Informed Care Policy, TEC 38.036