Mental Health is an essential part of all children and young adults’ overall well-beings.
It plays a crucial role in their physical health, academic and work performance and their interaction with their community. All children and young adults are resilient and have the right to live happy and healthy lives. All deserve access to quality and effective care.
- An estimated 15 million children in the United States are impacted by a mental health disorder 
- In Texas, over 500,000 children and youth under the age of 17 are diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) 
- More than half of all chronic mental illnesses have their first onset by the age of 14 and an estimated 75% of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 24 
The Texas Council leads statewide efforts to create opportunities for improving services for children and young adults by expanding sources of funding to:
- Address local behavioral needs in the community,
- Develop legislative and administrative recommendations related to behavioral health service provisions, and
- Ensure that Community-based Mental Health Centers (CMHC) provide for those in need of behavioral health services.