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January 25, 2022

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Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs)

School districts can connect their students, staff, and faculty to mental health resources through their respective Local Mental Health Authority.  Each Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) provides services to a specific geographic area of the state, called a local service area. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) requires each LMHA to plan, develop policy, coordinate, allocate, and develop resources for mental health services in its local service area.  HHSC contracts with 39 LMHAs to deliver mental health services in communities across Texas. LMHAs provide psychiatric crisis response through 24-hour hotlines and mobile crisis outreach teams.  LMHAs also provide behavioral health services and referrals for Texans seeking behavioral health services. LMHAs routinely outreach to community partners as well as serve as resources in their respective communities for training related to behavioral health and the coordination of behavioral health services during disasters.

Below are two ways to identify the LMHA which serves each LEA:

Download a copy of the crosswalk of Texas LMHAs and LEAs. This tool identifies each Texas school system with their corresponding Texas LMHA and includes the LMHA name, website, and crisis line.

You can also access information through the online LMHA search tool: You can search for the referral line phone number of each LMHA by city, county, or zip code using the online mental health services search form. You may call the referral line of the LMHA in your area for confidential help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services may include:

  • Referrals for student or family  mental health services
  • Prevention/Intervention/Postvention Training
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) Counseling support in times of crisis or disaster
  • Crisis Counseling Hotlines
  • Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Hotlines

Please contact your LMHA for specific services available in your county – with links to websites

Region 2 LMHAs

  • McMullen County


  • Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, and San Patricio Counties

  • Nueces County


Nueces Center MHID 24 Hour Crisis Hotline 1-888-767-4493

Coastal Plains Community Center  Free 24 Hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-841-6467

Texas Youth Helpline (Teens & Parents) Call: 1-800-989-6884  Text: 512-872-5777

Texas HHS COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line   1-833-986-1919

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

National Parent Helpline 1-855-427-2736 (Mon. thru Fri.10 AM PST to 7 PM PST)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Awareness Resource Links

Suicide Prevention Social Media Tool Kit

Suicide Prevention Life Line

CDC Be There, Prevent Suicide

NAMI Suicide Prevention Awareness

For more resources, click on the Connection Quest logo above to access our resource file.



After Suicide Toolkit for Schools

This toolkit reflects consensus recommendations developed in consultation with national experts, including school-based administrators and staff, clinicians, researchers, and crisis response professionals. It provides guidance and tools for postvention, a term used to describe activities that help people cope with the emotional distress resulting from a suicide and prevent additional trauma that could lead to further suicidal behavior and deaths, especially among people who are vulnerable.


Mental/Behavioral Health Toolkits, Prevention/Intervention Supports & Program/Policy Development 

Texas Advancing Suicide Safer Schools Roadmap

Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative

HHSC Suicide Prevention

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New Toolkit: COVID-19 and Mental Health Considerations Amid Reintegration to School

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to schools and has significantly impacted children, their families, and school staff. The Texas School Safety Center has developed a new toolkit to address mental health considerations for supporting students, staff, and parents in the transition back to school. These mental health considerations are divided into eight topics:


For more resources, click on the Connection Quest logo above to access our resource file.

Online Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This three year certification gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

AS+K? Basic  - Gatekeeper Training

This free e-learning- course takes one hour to complete.

This course is suited for persons who require suicide prevention gatekeeper skills for their communities and employers. It has been designed to meet the requirements for Texas and Texas educators. This online training is intended to meet Texas K-12 public school suicide prevention training requirements and other suicide prevention training needs.


Trauma-Informed Training Series
As a result of school closures and remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been at higher risk of exposure due to adverse childhood experiences and first-hand exposure to the effects of COVID-19. We also know that many educators have themselves experienced a prolonged state of stress over the course of the pandemic and share many of the concerns regarding loss of safety, health, and predictability as students upon the return to school.
That’s why TEA has launched Project Restore and this trauma-informed training video series, which is designed to address these extraordinary and unprecedented needs and connect you to relevant science and strategies that can help you address your own emotional needs as well the needs of your students and colleagues. This series will help educators create an environment that jump-starts teaching and learning and drives student achievement.


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