All Texas children and youth have access to high quality mental health care that is family-driven, youth-guided, community-based, culturally-grounded and sustainable.


To strengthen the collaboration of state and local efforts to weave mental health supports and services into seamless systems of care for children, youth and their families.

The system of care framework is already working in communities across the state, both urban and rural, from the Rural Children’s Initiative in northwest Texas, to Ft. Worth and its surrounding counties, to Houston, to the far west edge of the state in El Paso, to Central Texas. Now we need to make sure all Texas children and youth in need have access to a coordinated service delivery system.

That’s what Texas System of Care is all about. Texas partners are coming together to identify ways to help local communities address the needs of children and youth with serious mental health concerns using a system of care approach.

The initiative will create a system of care roadmap for Texas by:

  • Building upon existing community assets and supporting communities interested in improving outcomes and costs through a system of care framework.
  • Identifying and strengthening policies and practices to support a strong system of care infrastructure.
  • Establishing select community system of care projects to inform long-range planning and aid in a statewide rollout.
  • Strengthening service delivery systems to children and families.
  • Providing services that are culturally informed.
  • Increasing family and youth voice in decision making at all levels.
  • Providing statewide training in system of care values, principles and best practices.
  • Building awareness and a strong voice for children’s mental health in Texas.

Texas System of Care is led by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Department of State Health Services, and the University of Texas at Austin, Center for Social Work Research in collaboration with child-serving state agencies, family and youth advocacy organizations and other stakeholders within the Texas children’s mental health service delivery system.