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April 23, 2021

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Connection Quest:  Linking our schools with the agencies serving children, youth & families.


 Click on the Connection Quest image above to access the Google Drive File for your resource mapping needs. 

April's Featured Resources

April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Friday, April 9: Wear Blue for #GoBlueDay

Tags: #ChildAbusePreventionMonth #CAPM #ThrivingFamilies #PreventionMatters

The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Coastal Bend (CACCB) is a victim-centered, Multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. The CACCB provides specialized Forensic Interviews, therapeutic recovery services, case management, and outreach, education, and prevention services. The children served by the CACCB are alleged victims of sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, drug-endangerment, human trafficking, and witnesses to violent crimes such as homicide and domestic violence.

Report Abuse:

Ph: 1-800-252-5400 or 911
Web: Online Reporting Form

A statewide association that promotes the efforts of local children's advocacy centers in Texas - providing hope, healing and justice to child victims of sexual and physical abuse.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Texas law states anyone who thinks a child, or person 65 years or older, or an adult with disabilities is being abused, neglected, or exploited must report it to DFPS.  The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a central place to report:

  • Child abuse and neglect.
  • Abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation of the elderly or adults with disabilities living at home.
  • Abuse of children in child-care facilities or treatment centers.
  • Abuse of adults and children who live in state facilities or are being helped by programs for people with mental illness or intellectual disabilities. 
  • Report Abuse

Call our Abuse Hotline toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, nationwide, or report with our secure website and get a response within 24 hours.

Texas CASA is the statewide association for 72 local CASA programs. We work to connect each part of the CASA community and empower the local programs to perform at their highest level. At the local level, the programs recruit, train and supervise Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to advocate for children involved in the child welfare system and improve their well-being. At the state level, Texas CASA provides financial support, training and services to help the local programs operate effectively.

Are you or your family involved with CPS? Call The Family Helpline at (844) 888-6565 with your questions. They can answer your questions about CPS in plain, everyday language. The helpline is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. English, Spanish, and other languages are available.

The Texas Youth Helpline provides free and confidential services to youth, their parents, and other family members of youth in crisis who need help finding a counselor, safe shelter, legal information, other local referral information, or just someone to talk to.

“How old does my child need to be to stay home alone?” and answers to other questions.

Help and Hope offers advice and resources to parents for the daily challenges of raising kids. When parents get help, there's hope for children.

Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative (Blue Sunday) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the goal: To raise awareness among the faith community through our Blue Ribbon Church program and our annual National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer for Abused Children which is always the last Sunday of April which is child abuse prevention month.

During the month of April, we recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) and the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. Throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being and work together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect.

2021 National Child Abuse Awareness Month Toolkit

Resources for Educator Wellness

SY 20-21 Educator Wellness:  Equipping Staff to Return to School from TEA

Teacher Well-Being Workbook

Developing Self-Care Plans

Compassion Resilience Toolkit

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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:


Resources Addressing Child Maltreatment During COVID-19

To assist educators facing difficult situations during remote or in-person learning, the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University compiled a list of state and national resources. It includes information on preventing, identifying, and reporting suspected child abuse, neglect, and trafficking. To view the resources please visit


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.

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/Post-vention 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
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