COVID-19 IDD and Behavioral Health Resources
Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional changes due to the pandemic can seek help from these resources.
- The COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line (PDF) offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. Call 1-833-986-1919 to reach a mental health professional. Individuals who identify themselves as frontline workers may call the support line for referral to Virtual Support Groups for Frontline Workers in Texas (PDF) where they will have the opportunity to speak with their peers about the mental health effects of helping others during the pandemic.
- 2-1-1 connects people with the resources they need across Texas. Search easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. You may also find the Local Mental Health Authority in your area by entering “Mental Health Crisis,” along with your Zip code, in the search engine.
- Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text TX to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to text with a trained crisis counselor.
- Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR) Centers may be the first point of contact for people seeking substance use disorder treatment services. Texans seeking services and information may qualify for services based on need.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a helpful COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide (PDF) for individuals with questions or concerns related to COVID-19.
- National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) represents the nation’s agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. NASDDDS features COVID-19 disaster toolkits and other federal resources (PDF).
- The Arc is greatly concerned about the threat of COVID-19 to people with disabilities, their families, and the workforce that supports them. The Arc offers a list of resources to help people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), their families and service providers to understand this global pandemic.
- The Administration for Community Living (ACL) works to improve the lives of older adults and individuals with disabilities through services, research and education. ACL offers COVID-19 resources specifically for individuals with disabilities.
- For plain language information on COVID-19, visit Self Advocacy Info, which provides a COVID-19 booklet (PDF) written by and for people with disabilities.
- Learn how to reduce stress in yourself and others.
Texas Health and Human Services offers a variety of resources for families and persons experiencing mental health or substance use issues.
Children, Youth and Families
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Improves access to care, treatment, and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.
- Navigate Life Texas – Support, inspiration, resources and services for families and parents of children with a serious emotional disorders, physical disabilities, or special health-care needs.
- Texas System of Care – Connects communities to ensure children and youth have access to mental health services.
- Texas Youth Hotline: Life Can Hurt, We Can Help. – Hotline (800-989-6884), text service (512-872-5777) and online chat (TexasYouth.org) available 24/7 for youth to discuss problems and find resources and services.
- Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text TX to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. to reach a trained crisis counselor.
- Crisis Services Search – Find the crisis hotline for the local mental health or behavioral health authority in your county.
- Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention in Texas – Specially trained police officers who know how to intervene with people who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
- My3 Support Network – Android or iPhone – This app allows individuals to define and connect with their own personal support network and safety plan in a time of crisis.
Individuals and Family Members
- Community Resource Coordination Groups – Local partners and community members who help people with complex, multi-agency needs get benefits and services.
- Family Based Support Programs – Helps families maintain a stable and safe home to reduce the risk of future abuse through family counseling, crisis intervention, parenting classes, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, and day care.
- Family Violence Program – Shelters, counseling and legal advocacy for people escaping family violence or domestic abuse.
- The GLBT National Help Center: Provides peer support, community connections and resource information regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
- A Community Support Guide for Alternatives to Inpatient Mental Health Treatment – Helps people better understand mental health care in Texas. This guide provides basic information regarding the services available across the state and the organizations that can help people get connected to these resources.
- Hogg Foundation – Blogs and email digests on mental health news.
- Mental Health First Aid Training – Learn how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders in your community.
- Mental Health Services Search – Find a local mental health or behavioral health authority in your area to get connected to services.
- National Alliance of Mental Illness Texas – Improves the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.
People with Disabilities
- Local IDD authority transition teams help other LIDDAs around the state better serve people who have complex medical and behavior needs who want to live in community-based settings. Click here to find a LIDDA.
- Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities training will educate users about the behavioral health needs of people with IDD.
- Dose of Reality: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Misuse in Texas – This website is aimed at prevention through education by providing information on opioids, risk factors, and how to safely store and dispose of unwanted prescription painkillers. It also provides vital information for those seeking help for themselves.
- Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services Search – Find substance use treatment services in your area through the Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral Centers. Texans seeking services and information may qualify for services based on need.
- After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools (PDF) – A toolkit developed to offer schools general guidelines for action, do's and don'ts, templates and sample materials.
- C-SSRS - Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale – Tool that helps users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs.
- Now Matters Now – Skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Provides technical assistance, training, and materials for suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.
- The Trevor Project – Help, education and resources for LGBTQ teens experiencing a crisis or contemplating suicide.
- Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program – Helps local communities increase access to mental health treatment and services for veterans and their families.
- Texas Veterans Portal – Connects veterans, their families and caregivers to the benefits and services earned through their military service.
- TexVet Veteran Community Mental Health Resources – State clearinghouse for trusted information, resources, data, technical support, and research relevant to service members, veterans, their families, and those who serve them.