The Governor announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has received more than $5.8 million in funding to provide crisis counseling services to approximately more than 260,000 people across Texas who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is provided by FEMA’s Immediate Services Crisis Counseling and Training Program. The grant allows 31 local mental health and behavioral health authorities to connect Texans to short-term crisis counseling services.

LMHA/LBHAs also collaborate with schools, shelters, nursing homes, emergency responders, healthcare providers, as well as local, state, and federal partners to reach those in need. Crisis counseling teams will work with individuals, groups, and organizations to provide educational materials, information, crisis counseling services, and referrals to local resources to assist individual needs.

For additional resources visit the Mental Health & Substance Use Resources web page.