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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Students: Show us Why Mental Health Matters to You

Texas elementary through high school students are invited to show why mental health matters by entering the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest. The deadline to submit a poster, creative writing or digital art is March 9, 2017.

Winners in each category receive special prizes and will have their work published the Texas Health and Human Services and Texas System of Care websites. Winners also will be recognized at the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk and Rally at the Texas State Capitol on May 6, 2017.

View previous Children's Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest winning submissions.

Category Rules

Poster Art

  • Must be an original artwork that combines drawings/pictures and/or words to express the contest theme.
  • Materials used may include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, mixed media, collage or similar 2D media.
  • Poster must be no larger than 11" x 17".
  • First and last name of student and name of student's school must be included on the back of the poster.

Creative Writing

  • Must be a story, essay, or poem based on the contest theme and no longer than 300 words.
  • Must be typed or, if handwritten, must be legible.
  • Please ask an adult to review spelling and grammar for errors prior to submission.
  • First and last name of student and name of student's school must be included on the back of the page.

Digital Art

  • Must be an original video of no longer than 120 seconds that addresses this year's theme.
  • You can submit an individual or group entry in the video category.
  • The video must be posted on YouTube or Vimeo and must be appropriate for children.

How to Enter

Fill Out Entry Form

Each entry must be submitted with the official contest entry form. If a participant would like his/her entry displayed or published for State use, a parent or guardian must sign the consent form to allow use of the participant’s work.

Send It

Email the consent form and scanned entry (or video link) to, or mail to:

CHMAD Art Contest
1717 West 6th St., Suite 335
Austin, TX 78703


Judging is based on originality, creativity and how well your entry expresses the contest theme. A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level. Entries, once submitted, become the property of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and Texas System of Care, and may be used for the purpose of promoting awareness of children’s mental health issues. Entries may be posted to the HHSC and Texas System of Care websites and used in promotional materials.