Initiatives are developed in consideration of five broad areas of focus:
- Adult Behavioral Health
- Children’s Mental Health
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
- Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
- Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Community Centers consider public safety and public health in order to address the needs of people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders through initiatives, including:
- 1115 Waiver – This initiative seeks to transform local healthcare delivery systems for low income Texans by improving access to services and reducing reliance on higher cost care.
- Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) – MHFA is a training program that teaches first response skills related to a mental health emergency or crisis.
- Managed Care – The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) contracts with Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to coordinate healthcare services for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members through established provider networks. MCOs must ensure members receive all medically necessary covered services.
- Veterans Mental Health – Initiatives in support of Veterans Mental Health include establishment of peer-to-peer programs, expansion of existing mental health programs, and efforts to recruit and train volunteers and other mental health practitioners to connect with and provide treatment for veterans.
- Peer Services – Peer and Family Partners are a network of professional role models and mentors with lived experience in the struggles of those seeking to recover from illnesses and trauma, who are trained to build safe and encouraging relationships in order to help people recover and go on to lead more fulfilled lives.