2014 Program

Institute Schedule at a Glance

(Session descriptions available through online link and on Program sub-tabs. Handout links are posted above the session descriptions listed on each day of the Program sub-tabs. Handouts submitted by presenters onsite will be uploaded after the conference.)

Behavioral Health Today:
A Unified Approach

173387748-2As part of its effort to communicate and educate on ways to promote the integration of the behavioral health system both in terms of mental health/substance abuse and behavioral health/primary care, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) annually conducts the Texas Behavioral Health Institute. Sessions promote individual, program, and system-level approaches that foster health, resilience and recovery; increase permanent housing, employment, education, and other necessary supports; and reduce barriers to social inclusion.

Speakers will address recovery and recovery supports; ways to build organizational partnerships; culturally-based services or competencies; and innovations that enhance family and community support. Topics also cover prevention and treatment solutions and relate to youth, family, judicial (legal, court, incarceration) and all populations impacted by mental health and substance abuse disorders.

The Institute is a nationally-recognized conference attended by 1,200-1,400 individuals. Attendees include:

  • Texas Provider Agency Executive Directors/Managers
  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Certified Peer Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses & Doctors
  • Probation Officers
  • School Teachers, Counselors & Administrators
  • Family Service Workers
  • Prevention Specialists and Consultants
  • Community Organizers
  • Law Enforcement and Community Police Personnel