Mission & Principles


The Texas Coalition for Healthy Minds is dedicated to promoting the prevention, treatment and increased funding for mental illness and substance use disorder across Texas. 


  • Inform and influence policy and legislation
  • Change organizational practices
  • Foster networks
  • Educate stakeholders and others in the community
  • Promote awareness
  • Share organizational knowledge and skills 

Guiding Principles

The TCHM is guided by the following principles:

  • Access to quality, affordable, integrated health care for every Texan, including preventive services and treatment for mental health and substance use disorder.
  • Prevention, early intervention, person-centered treatment, and recovery as cornerstones of the health care system.
  • Prevention, treatment, and diversion instead of school disciplinary and criminal justice involvement.
  • Affordable, integrated housing options in the least restrictive setting with access to supports that meet the consumers’ needs.
  • A healthcare workforce that is adequate, sustainable, accessible, culturally competent, and operates effectively in an integrated care environment.
  • Accountability and transparency throughout any system that serves individuals with mental health and/or substance use disorder needs.
  • Elimination of the stigma around mental illness and substance use disorder through education on prevention, treatment and care.
  • Appropriate use of best and promising practices for data collection and analysis, helping to make continuous improvements possible.