Find information and resources from a variety of organizations and agencies specializing in behavioral health.
UT Health Austin Pediatric Psychiatry at Dell Children’s
UT Health Austin psychiatrists and psychologists provide compassionate personalized behavioral and mental health services for children and teens at Dell Children’s Medical Center. We diagnose and create personalized treatments for children and adolescents between the ages of 6-17 for various mental health conditions including thought, mood and anxiety disorders.
Austin Child Guidance Center
The mission of the Austin Child Guidance Center is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills to face life’s challenges.
A multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, family therapists and professional counselors provides individual, family and group; psychiatric and psychological services; parental education; presentations and community consultation; and training for current and future mental health professionals.
Austin Oaks Hospital
As your community partner in mental health, we believe everyone deserves access to unsurpassed care in a home-like environment. Our psychiatric facility does just that. Austin Oaks Hospital offers a continuum of psychiatric services for children and adolescents, ages 4-17, and for adults, age 18 and older. Located in South Austin, Texas, we strive to provide a warm environment that promotes crisis resolution, positive self-awareness, social skills and personal growth. Austin Oaks Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services to stabilize symptoms of depression, anxiety and other behavioral health disorders.
- Knowledge Center: If you wish to learn more about mental health and substance abuse issues, we’ve provided links to information on everything we treat at Austin Oaks Hospital. Each link below includes an overview of the condition and some links to more information. We hope that you find what you need to get yourself or a loved one on the path to recovery.
Changes – Rock Springs
Rock Springs provides inpatient mental health and addiction treatment for adolescents and adults (ages 13 and older) in a welcoming, therapeutic environment in Georgetown, TX. Rock Springs Changes® in Cedar Park, TX provides outpatient mental health and addiction treatment for children, adolescents, and adults (ages 8 and older) in a caring, nonjudgmental environment. Our programs provide treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions and substance use issues for both adults and youth including depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation of you or your child’s symptoms and behaviors to determine the best path forward. Our programs include Inpatient (IP), Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Additionally, our youth day treatment programs include evidence-based therapies led by a dedicated clinical team, academic collaboration so your child can stay enrolled in their home school, youth-focused recreational programs, and family education and alumni support groups. We work together with our patients and their families to find the right program for each individual.
Rock Springs and Rock Springs Changes® also offers the Help for Heroes® program for first responders, military personnel, and veterans. Help for Heroes® provides specialized treatment tracks targeting challenges brought on by repeated exposure to stress and trauma in the line of duty.
We support adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. Our services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery, and housing to regain health and independence. Integral Care helps provide a strong foundation for well-being.
As the Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority, Integral Care strengthens our community by supporting our most important asset, our people, to achieve well-being. Integral Care provides individuals with high quality mental health care, collaborates with community partners to strengthen programs and systems, and works to raise awareness of mental health issues in our community.
NAMI Central Texas
NAMI Central Texas offers no-cost classes and support groups for people affected by mental illness and their loved ones as well as education and training for schools, workplaces, faith communities and neighborhoods. NAMI Central Texas is a vital resource for individuals and families when they need a place to turn.
SonderMind is making mental healthcare more accessible, approachable, and utilized by helping both therapists and clients with the therapy related tasks that are most difficult. For clients, SonderMind quickly connects you with a local, in-network therapist who understands your needs. We match you based on specialty, availability, location, treatment approaches, insurance, and more. Because we work hard to understand your background, we can match you with a mental health professional who is right for your personal journey.
For therapists, SonderMind is your partner for business-related support, so they can focus on what they love most – helping people. Therapists in the SonderMind Provider Network are able to forget about endlessly searching for clients, advertising their practice, and doing hours and hours of billing paperwork after a day of sessions.
Texas System of Care
System of care is a framework and philosophy for the transformation of child-serving systems. Established over 25 years ago to better meet the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health challenges and their families, this framework has been used across the country to build more accessible, responsive, and effective arrays of services and supports. The Texas System of Care works with local and state agencies to ensure children and youth have access to high quality mental health care that is family-driven, youth-guided, community-based, culturally-grounded, and sustainable.
The Children’s Partnership
The Children’s Partnership (TCP) has been serving the Travis County community since 1998 as a leader in creating and sustaining our community’s System of Care. The Travis County System of Care is a coordinated network that maintains meaningful partnerships within systems, families and youth. Our System of Care adheres to the core values of being community based, family driven and youth-guided, and culturally and linguistically competent. Read more about TCP in this overview flyer (PDF).
- “Why Green?” (PDF): Learn why we use green for National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
- “Fun Things to Do in Austin” bookmarks (PDF): Printer-friendly bookmarks with a list of family-friendly activities to get the most out of Austin. For best results, print front and back, flip on short side.
- Central Texas Food Bank: Find resources to access food during COVID-19 in Travis County.
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) is a family of highly trained professionals whose mission is to provide innovative law enforcement and correctional services in a holistic manner through collaborative partnerships. The vision of the TCSO is a strong bond with our diverse community; that they be confident in our compassion, approachability, competence and trustworthiness.
Young Journey provides programs, events and initiatives to youths and communities, helping to decrease the number of system-involved youths, school dropouts and eradicate poverty. Youth learn life skills inclusive of economics, media communication, business, and community development.
Young Journey partners with NBA Teams, Sports/Entertainment Professionals, schools, agencies, and other valuable collaborates to provide programs like the Young Journey Shooting Stars, a youth entrepreneur journey; teaching youth skills in the areas of business, financial literacy, and health/fitness and wellness, including mental health awareness and suicide.
- Children’s Mental Health Awareness Video Flyer
- Suggested Home-Schooling Schedule (PDF): Handy tip sheet in light of nationwide school closures.
- Young Journey Shooting Stars: Are you between the ages of 12–18? Want to start your own company, be a professional entertainer or athlete? We are looking for you! Register for Young Journey Shooting Stars today!
HHSC – Adult Mental Health & Coordinated Specialty Care
Texas Health and Human Services contracts with 37 local mental health authorities and two local behavioral health authorities to deliver adult mental health services in communities across Texas.
Coordinated specialty care is designed to meet the needs of people with early onset of psychosis. When a person first begins showing signs of psychosis, it’s important to identify the signs quickly and get help as soon as possible.
HHSC – Children’s Mental Health
Community mental health services are usually provided at an office or in the home. Services support families to make positive changes that help children recover from mental illness and foster resilience. Mental health services start with a thorough assessment and developing a plan to address goals identified by the child and family. Services to the child and family may include:
- Crisis intervention
- Skills training and development
- Supportive employment
- Medication training and support
- Case management
- Peer services (family partner support services)
- To learn more, read the Family Guide: Children’s Mental Health Services (PDF).
HHSC – Office of Disability Prevention for Children
The Office of Disability Prevention for Children (ODPC) works to promote respect, foster understanding, and highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention initiatives in the lives of Texas children and families. Our goal is to prevent disability in children before it happens and minimize any negative consequences through education and community collaboration.
HHSC – Suicide Prevention
The Suicide Prevention Team, located in the Office of Mental Health Coordination at HHSC, is dedicated to supporting suicide prevention efforts across the state. Each team member of the five-person team has a unique role to support suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention care services in the public mental health system.
- Texas Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data Brief (PDF): YRBS is a biennial survey of randomly selected students in randomly selected high schools across the state that monitor behaviors related to the leading cause of death and disability in adolescence and adulthood. This brief summarizes data related to all high school students in Texas in 2017.
- Suicide Prevention Wallet Card (PDF): These pocket resource can be used to learn signs of suicide and how to get help for an individual experiencing suicidal ideations.
HHSC – YES Waiver
The Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid program that provides short-term, intensive services to children and youth with serious mental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. YES Waiver uses Wraparound to deliver services that are family-centered, coordinated, effective at preventing out-of-home placement and promote lifelong independence and self-defined success.
- YES Website: This website provides more information about the YES Waiver and the services the program offers, as well as how to get in contact with your Local Mental Health Authority/Local Behavioral Health Authority (LMHA/LBHA) to call the YES Inquiry line.
- Brochure for Families, Youth and Community Members (PDF): This flyer includes an overview of the YES Waiver and the programs/services offered for youth and families (Spanish version available upon request).
- Brochure for Individual Service Providers and Provider Agencies (PDF): This flyer includes an overview of the YES Waiver, the programs/services offered and how to become a service provider.
ACCEPT is a movement of youth and young adults (ages 13-25) from across Texas who connect to educate, advocate, and grow youth voice in Texas. Join our cross-system group of youth and young adults who use their lived experience and expertise to help inform and drive system improvements. ACCEPT advocates for embracing youth voice in meaningful, authentic ways.
CASA of Travis County
CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who’ve been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates in the court system. When the state steps in to protect a child’s safety, a judge appoints a trained volunteer advocate to recommendations in the child’s best interest.
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
Catholic Charities of Central Texas provides mental health services to children, teens, individuals, couples and families. Counseling services are offered in English and Spanish. Currently we are offering services via our virtual therapy platform. Our agency programs include Financial Stability, Immigration Legal Services, Gabriel Life Project, and St. Michael Veterans Services.
- Request a virtual therapy session: Find a provider and join our network today.
Community Resource Coordination Groups
Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG) are county-based groups of local partners and community members that work with parents, caregivers, youth and adults with complex needs to identify and coordinate services and supports. They help people whose needs can’t be met by one single agency and who would benefit from interagency coordination.
CRCGs are in almost every county in Texas. The needs of each community are different, so a local CRCG might serve one or all of the following ages: children and youth (22 and younger), or adults (18 and older).
DePelchin Children’s Center
DePelchin Children’s Center is a nonprofit foster care and adoption agency that provides safe and caring homes for children that have been removed from their birth families because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Children placed with DePelchin foster families receive loving, therapeutic care to help them heal from the trauma they have experienced until they can return home safely, or a until a “forever family” is found through adoption.
- To learn more about Depelchin Children’s Center and how to become a foster or adoptive parent to a child in need, please visit our website.
- To find out when our next foster care and adoption orientation will be, please visit our calendar of events.
- If you have any questions about how to become a foster or adoptive parent or would like find out when our next orientation session will be, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greyhound Adoption League of Central Texas
GALT-Central Texas is a chapter of Greyhound Adoption League of Texas Inc., a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to find responsible loving homes for greyhounds, to acquaint the public with the desirability of greyhounds as pets and to inform them of the availability of greyhounds for adoption.
- Find answers to frequently asked questions about Greyhounds.
Intervention Services PLLC
Intervention Services is a professional mental health counseling agency that provides individual, group, and family therapy to individuals, families, schools, and communities. Intervention Services, formerly a program of Jervey and Associates Psychotherapy, has provided quality mental health services in Georgetown and the greater Williamson County for over 25 years.
LifeWorks is a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking their path to self-sufficiency. We are committed to innovative problem solving, shared accountability and a relentless focus on achieving real, sustainable and measurable results for the clients we serve. Every year, LifeWorks provides a pathway to self-sufficiency for more than 4,000 youth and families, many of whom are facing life’s most difficult challenges, including homelessness, trauma, and abuse.
People’s Community Clinic
The mission of People’s Community Clinic is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable health care with dignity and respect.
- This year is BIG for People’s Community Clinic. In 2020, People’s marks 50 years of providing affordable, accessible health care to Central Texans in need. Learn how you can join us in celebrating 50 years of compassionate, inclusive health care for Central Texans in need by sharing a story, attending an event, or donating to support People’s programs and services.
Phoenix House Texas has provided addiction treatment and prevention services in Texas since 1995. Each year, we help thousands of men, women, and adolescents overcome drug and alcohol addiction and find recovery in order to lead productive, drug-free lives. We are committed to protecting and supporting individuals, families, and communities affected by substance use disorders and dependency. Our Austin location offers Prevention Education and Evaluation Services, as well as Outpatient Services for both adults and adolescents. Our Residential Inpatient program for male adolescents allows patients to continue their education through the Austin Independent School District, as well as credit recovery services.
Our approach is rooted in evidence-based treatment, designed with a focus on strength to address the unique needs of each person.
As the premier Children’s Soccer Experience, our mission is clear – we aim to positively impact children’s lives.
We believe that soccer is a powerful vehicle for positively impacting youth. Through our partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we aim to impact children who live in underserved communities through quality soccer programs that support their physical and personal development.
South Southwest MHTTC
The South Southwest MHTTC (South Southwest) serves U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 6, including Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Our population of focus is mental health clinicians, supervisors, and program managers serving individuals with or at risk of serious emotional disturbances (SED) or severe mental illness (SMI); peer support providers; community mental health, health, or peer-run organizations; and single state agency administrators focused on comprehensive state public mental health systems.
The purpose of South Southwest is to build the capacity of the mental health workforce, organizations, and systems to deliver effective, evidence-based promotion, prevention, treatment, and recovery supports. Learn more about South Southwest’s goals and services on their website.
- Supportive Practices for Mental Health Professionals During Pandemic-Related Social Distancing (PDF): This product provides tips for the mental health workforce on supporting behavioral health during social distancing.
- Preventing Youth Suicide in Region 6 (PDF): This resource highlights key suicide statistics per state in South Southwest Region 6, along with best practices and resources.
- Activities to Enhance School-based Mental Health (PDF): This is a listing of opportunities currently available from us to enhance school-based mental health services and effective collaboration between schools and community-based mental health agencies.
Texas Family Voice Network
The Texas Family Voice Network (TxFVN) is a diverse collaboration of family members, community members, state agency representatives, family run organizations and other stakeholder groups, united to provide one common voice to promote successful outcomes for children’s mental and behavioral health. Our unique partnerships with advocacy organizations, along with family leaders across the state, provide the opportunity for informed collaborations on policies and procedures being considered for children’s mental and behavioral health.
- Stages of Family Leadership (PDF): Regardless of your path to this point, family leadership is critical for successful and meaningful impacts to occur within the Texas children’s mental health system.
- Self-Care: The Need for Balance (PDF): Resilient family leaders recognize the need for balance in their lives and that means incorporating activities from more than one area of self-care: emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.
- The Power of Partnering with Families (PDF): Providers are considered subject matter experts in what they were trained to do. Families get to contribute lived expertise and claim their own journeys. They become the subject matter experts of their families and their experience. The sum of the combined expertise is powerful.
Texas Health Steps & STAR Programs
Texas Health Steps, the STAR, STAR+PLUS and STAR Kids programs serving
Medicaid children and families. Our goal is to educate and assist Medicaid families in learning more about managed care, locating a primary care physician, selecting a health plan as well as educating them about Texas Health Steps benefits and services.
- See our info sheet (PDF) for more about these programs as well as outreach opportunities for your organization.
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to-parent support, resource referral, and education.
- The Navigate Life Texas (NLT) website, a project supported by the Texas Health and Human Services, was created to inform and empower parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs. Healthcare, education, insurance, medical diagnoses, transition to adulthood, and how to connect with other parents are among the many topics found on NLT. Parents share their perspectives on challenges and rewards they have faced revealing their valuable first-hand experience.
Wonders & Worries
Wonders & Worries, a Texas-based nonprofit, provides free professional support to children and teens during a serious parental illness. A parent’s life-changing diagnosis may increase a child’s risk for behavioral, social, emotional, and academic problems. Wonders & Worries’ free programs ensure children and their families can thrive, despite a parental illness.
- Brochure (PDF): Learn more details about Wonders & Worries’ services, office locations, and contact information.
- Wonders & Worries FAQs (PDF): Read our frequently asked questions to learn more about how Wonders & Worries’ services can support children and families, during a serious parental illness.
- Helpline Flyer (PDF): Connect with Wonders & Worries expert staff on how to talk to children and teens about adult illness.