The Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds (TCHM) believes that Texas must focus on delivering a broad spectrum of mental health and substance use disorder services and supports as part of the continuum of care available from before birth to end of life. While some progress has been made, Texas continues to have a number of needs in this area. Approximately one million adults are affected by a serious mental illness and half a million children under the age of 17 are affected by a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), over 1.3 million people reported a disorder involving alcohol, and over 465,000 people reported a disorder involving illicit drugs. As the state’s population grows exponentially each year and these numbers continue to rise, it will take more than increased funding to meet the needs of individuals and families, especially among populations that have historically been ignored or underserved.
TCHM offers these policy recommendations focused on building a behavioral health system that works for ALL Texans. With the momentum and progress achieved over the past decade, we are prepared to work with legislators to expand behavioral health services and support across the lifespan in our communities statewide.
 Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Strategic Plan (2017-2021)