What is behavioral health?

The term “behavioral health services” refers to services that treat and promote the health and recovery of people with mental health and substance use conditions. These services include the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders like mental health conditions in adults, severe emotional disturbance in children, post-traumatic stress, and alcohol/drug addiction. Behavioral health services supported by state agencies can be delivered in many places, including local community clinics, schools, foster family homes, state hospitals, and jails.

Informing DFPS' Behavioral Health Strategy

DFPS is in the process of creating a new Behavioral Health Strategic Plan. We want your feedback about behavioral health services for youth in DFPS care. Your responses will help inform the DFPS Behavioral Health Strategic Plan.


DFPS is seeking input from youth who have used behavioral health services in Texas, their families/caregivers, providers, and service agencies and organizations. You can take the survey online here and encourage other people to participate from May 15th to 31st. Your answers will be anonymous and will help guide state agencies in providing services that meet youth’s needs.

Listening Sessions

We want to hear about your experiences and challenges accessing or providing behavioral health services for DFPS youth.

Help us find opportunities to improve. DFPS staff want to know:

  • What is working well.
  • What is not working.
  • Your ideas to improve how behavioral health services are delivered to DFPS youth or youth at risk of coming into DFPS care.
      • Session 1: Saturday, July 8th, 2023 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
      • Session 2: Monday, July 10th, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
      • Session 3: Wednesday, July 12th, 2023 11:00 – 12:00 PM

Look for registration links to be available in June 2023.