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


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.

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

Early Mental Health Prevention and Intervention 

Grief-Informed and Trauma-Informed Practices 

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports 

Positive Youth Development

Safe, Supportive and Positive School Climates 

Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention 

Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention  

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

 General Information

The list below may support implementing the following legislation and Texas Education Codes (TEC): 

Mental Health Promotion and Intervention, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, and Suicide Prevention | TEC 38.351 » H.B. 18, Sec. 1.21 

Multi-hazard Emergency Operations Plan; Safety and Security Audit | TEC 37.108 » S.B. 11, Sec. 10 

Required Curriculum | TEC 28.002 » S.B. 11, Sec. 7 

School Safety Allotment | TEC 42.168 » S.B. 11, Sec. 20 

School Health Advisory Council | TEC 28.004 » S.B. 11, Sec. 8  

Staff Development Requirements | TEC 21.451 » H.B. 18, Sec. 1.05 

Threat Assessment and Safe and Supportive School Program and Team | TEC 37.115 » S.B. 11, Sec.13 




Contact Information

Julie Wayman, Mental/Behavioral Health Coordinator  

Natalie Fikac, Ed. D, AWARE Texas State Coordinator 

Office of Special Populations and Monitoring

Mental and Behavioral Health Team