Behavioral Health Services Grants

Collaborative Matching Grant Program

The 85th Legislature authorized the creation or funding of three significant behavioral health collaborative matching grant programs for the 2018–19 biennium to support community programs or collaboratives providing mental health services, behavioral health services or both to specific Texas populations.

Community Mental Health Grant Program

The Community Mental Health Grant Program supports community mental health programs providing services and treatment for people with mental illness.

Mental Health Grant for Justice-Involved Individuals

The Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals aims to reduce recidivism rates, arrests and incarceration among people with mental illness, and reduce the wait time for forensic commitments.

Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program

The goal of the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program is to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families by supporting local communities across the state to expand the availability of, increase access to, and enhance the delivery of mental health treatment and services.

Block Grants

Introduction to Block Grants (PDF)

Community Mental Health Block Grant

This two-year federal block grant funds comprehensive community mental health services through contracts with local mental health authorities and local behavioral health authorities across the state. Funds are used to plan, carry out and evaluate related activities. Adults with serious mental illnesses and children with serious emotional disturbances are prioritized for state-funded treatment services that follow federal guidelines.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

This two-year federal block grant funds comprehensive substance use disorder prevention, intervention and treatment services through contracts with community organizations across the state. Funds are used to plan, implement and evaluate related activities. Pregnant injecting drug users, pregnant women and intravenous drug users are prioritized for state-funded treatment services to meet federal guidelines.

Disaster Response – Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program

After a presidential disaster declaration is made, the state applies for federal grants, which are granted to local mental health authorities, local behavioral health authorities or other providers (such as education service centers) in the impacted service area(s). The grants provide short-term interventions to people having psychological reactions because of the disaster.

Healthy Community Collaborative Program Rural Expansion

Senate Bill 1849, 85th Legislature, 2017, known as the Sandra Bland Act, requires Texas Health and Human Services to establish or expand community collaboratives serving two or more counties with a population of less than 100,000 each.

The Healthy Community Collaborative program's goals are to help clients with recovery and reintegration within their communities by providing permanent housing and connect clients with support services such as mental health and substance use treatment and employment assistance. To achieve this rural expansion goal, HHS will use learning communities.

Medicaid Services Capacity for High-Needs Children in the Foster Care System Grant Program

This one-time statewide matching grant program aims to increase access to targeted case management and rehabilitative services for high-needs children in the foster care system. The Medicaid Services Capacity for High-Needs Children in the Foster Care System primer (PDF) provides stakeholders with an overview of this funding opportunity.

Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness

This annual federal grant provides funding to reduce or eliminate homelessness for people with serious mental illnesses or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders. The grant is specifically for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

State Youth Treatment – Implementation

This three-year federal grant funds the increase of youth assessment, treatment and recovery services in four regions of the state, including three major metropolitan areas (Houston, San Antonio and Austin) and the underserved rural region of the Texas Panhandle. Services target youth ages 12–18. The state contracts with provider agencies to engage in a collaborative model to offer high-quality assessment and treatment using the evidence-based Global Appraisal of Individual Needs assessment, the Seven Challenges program model and recovery supports.

Texas Targeted Opioid Response

This two-year federal grant addresses the opioid crisis by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment needs and decreasing opioid overdose-related deaths by providing prevention, treatment and recovery activities for opioid use disorder. The state contracts with a variety of community organizations to:

  • Enhance outreach and education for the public.
  • Provide training to enhance workforce.
  • Target people at risk of developing opioid use disorders or experiencing potential overdose while increasing access to enhanced recovery-oriented treatment.

Texas Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx)

SPF-Rx is a five-year federal grant that provides funding to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing prescription medications. The program collaborates with pharmaceutical and medical communities on:

  • Raising awareness of the risks of overprescribing to young adults.
  • Bringing prescription drug abuse prevention activities and education to schools, communities, parents/guardians, and prescribers and their patients.
  • Tracking reductions in opioid overdoses and incorporating data from the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program into needs assessments and strategic plans as indicators of the program's success.

Texas Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success (SPF-PFS)

SPF-PFS is a five-year federal grant that provides funding to carry out evidence-based environmental strategies for prevention and to build sustainable prevention infrastructure. The state contracts with eight community providers in high-need areas to address underage drinking as well as prescription drug misuse and abuse among young adults. The funds also support state efforts to enhance the availability and use of data in policy and program planning and decision-making.