Lead Organizations

Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas DSHS provides leadership for public health, mental health, and substance abuse services. DSHS serves as the lead organization on the ZEST initiative.

Mental Health America of Texas 

Mental Health America of Texas is the state’s largest and longest-serving mental health education and advocacy group. Their proactive, positive approach to mental health issues has been helping Texans address mental health concerns by opening minds since 1935.

Today, their reach extends beyond their original intent by serving to promote mental health, working to prevent mental illness and substance abuse, and ensuring all Texans have access to effective, culturally competent mental health care. MHAT leads the public awareness activities of ZEST, coordinates community trainings, and supports the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.

Denton County MHMR 

Denton County MHMR Center is a local Non-Profit Community Center specializing in the treatment of and service delivery to individuals in Denton County with a mental health diagnosis or a developmental disability diagnosis. Their staff work with clients, their families, and other community organizations and providers to develop person-centered treatment plans designed to help individuals achieve their personal goals. Denton is the pilot community for ZEST implementation.

Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health 

The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) is a multidisciplinary collaboration 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. TIEMH is supporting implementation of ZEST in local communities, and leading the evaluation of ZEST.

Contact Us

DSHS State Suicide Prevention Coordinator: Jenna Heise at

TIEMH Project Lead: Molly Lopez at