The office provides oversight for public mental health policy in Texas and is responsible for coordinating the policy and delivery of mental health services throughout the state. The office consults and coordinates with other state agencies, local governments and other entities to ensure there is a statewide, unified approach to the delivery of behavioral health services that allows Texans to have access to care at the right time and place.

Mission: Develop an accountable, system of care that directs performance to achieve meaningful clinical and cost-effective outcomes.

Cross-Agency Behavioral Health Initiatives (PDF)

Texas System of Care

Texas partners are coming together, focused on a coordinated approach to identify ways to help local communities address the needs of children and youth with serious mental health concerns. In this system of care approach, partners work with families and youth, adapting to their cultural and linguistic needs, to help them function better at home, in school, in their community, and throughout life . Learn more at the Texas System of Care website.

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Adults: Show Us When the Best Meets the Worst

Adults are invited to help promote mental health awareness by illustrating their own experience through poetry, art or video. The theme for the 2017 Creative Arts Contest is "The Reality: When the Best Meets the Worst."

Winners in each category will be presented with a plaque and gift. Selected entries will be displayed in a digital exhibit at Winners will be notified before May 5, 2017.

Category Rules

Contest Rules

  • Artist must be 18 or older.
  • Entries must be related to the theme.
  • Entries must be the original work of the artist.
  • Entries must include artist's first and last name.
  • Entry must be submitted with appropriate entry form (poetry, art or video).
  • Entries containing profanity or obscene language will be disqualified.

How to Enter

Each entry must be submitted with the official contest entry form in MS Word.

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. April 28, 2017, either by mail or email.

AMH MH Awareness Contest
Mail Code: 2018
8317 Cross Park
Suite 350
Austin, TX 78754

Email: and with "AMH MH Awareness Contest" in the subject line.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

May 6, 2017