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 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.
Hotlines and Links to Mental/Behavioral Health Supports in Texas
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 and Texas Education Codes (TEC):