HHSC and the Texas Veterans Commission partner to administer the Mental Health Program for Veterans, which provides peer-to-peer counseling to service members, veterans and their families through local mental health authorities and local behavioral health authorities across the state.
HHSC uses funds appropriated by the Legislature to contract with TVC, LMHAs and LBHAs, and Texas A&M University Health Science Center to provide program services.
HHSC contracts with 37 LMHAs to hire or contract for Peer Service Coordinators to provide direct peer-to-peer services to engage veterans and family members who have experienced military trauma, are at risk of isolation from support services and don't seek services through traditional channels.
HHSC contracts with TAMUHSC to provide online information and resources through the TexVet program.
HHSC contracts with the Texas Veterans Commission to provide training and technical assistance to peer service coordinators, community-based partners and mental health providers. It also coordinates services for justice-involved veterans.
How can You Connect with a Veteran Peer?
If you need to talk with someone right now, call the National Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1.
You can also:
- Start a confidential online chat session at veteranscrisisline.net/chat.
- Connect with someone at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by sending a text message to 838255.
- If you're an active duty service member, including a member of the National Guard and Reserve, you can visit veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx.
- Call 2-1-1 or visit 211texas.org.
Visit the Texas Veterans Portal to be connected to benefits and services earned through your or a family member’s military service.