In late 2011, Texas received a planning grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with the goal to create a strategic plan for the statewide expansion of the system of care (SOC) framework for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. The planning initiative was overseen by a Steering Team composed of family and youth representatives, advocates, and representatives of state and local child-serving agencies. The team reached out to family organizations, youth leaders, local community leaders and practitioners all over the state to gain direct input at every stage, continually refining and improving strategies and recommended action steps. The strategic plan built upon lessons learned from previous and current state and community efforts to develop systems of care.

Vision Statement:

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

This vision sets the stage for launching a comprehensive strategic approach to achieve statewide system of care implementation. The proposed goals and activities will strengthen state and community leadership and build support for SOC, enhance the capacity of communities for system change, increase access to an array of effective services and supports, align fiscal strategies to support sustainable infrastructure, and expand the use of meaningful data to inform system accountability and quality. In 2017, the initial strategic plan was updated by the Child and Youth Behavioral Health Subcommittee to frame the goals and strategies for the 2017-2021 period.

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2017–2021 Strategic Plan

2013-2017 Strategic Plan



  • The Strategic Plan is a living, working document that will be refined as partners continue to be identified and specific tasks and time frames are determined, but the overall goals and strategies serve as the basic tenets to establish the framework to expand the system of care approach in Texas. The strategic plan was last updated on April 12, 2017.
  • Funding for this work was made possible in part by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA grants number SM060659 and SM061219. The views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; no does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.