About Us

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, housed within the School of Social Work, is focused on improving the social, emotional, and behavioral health of Texans. The Institute partners with university faculty, state governmental agencies, community agencies, behavioral health providers, consumers, youth and families to enhance the use of effective practices throughout the state, enhance the capacity of the mental health workforce, empower communities to develop resilience and recovery-oriented systems, and evaluate state and local efforts to improve service systems for adults, youth, and children facing mental health challenges.

Vision and Mission

Vision: We envision a state where adults, children and families are resilient, healthy, and have access to services and supports that help them meet their goals for lifelong success.

Mission: The Institute draws on the expertise available within the state to strengthen the workforce, enhance our collective knowledge about effective mental health practices, and facilitate the dissemination of research-supported promotion, prevention, and intervention practices.

Key values:

  • Consumers, families, and youth should be full partners in Institute work;
  • Services and service systems should be person-centered and recovery-oriented (for adults) and family-driven and youth-guided (for children);
  • Systems should invest in promotion, prevention and early intervention;
  • Services and supports should be community-based and inclusive of both traditional and nontraditional services and recovery supports;
  • Services and supports should be strength-based and build on individuals’ capacity for resilience;
  • Systems should be culturally and linguistically competent; and
  • Systems should be accountable and data-driven.

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