HHSC and the Texas Veterans Commission partner to administer the Mental Health Program for Veterans, which provides peer-to-peer counseling to service members, veterans and their families through local mental health authorities and local behavioral health authorities across the state.
HHSC uses funds appropriated by the Legislature to contract with TVC, LMHAs and LBHAs, and Texas A&M University Health Science Center to provide program services.
- HHSC contracts with Texas A&M Health Science Center to provide local information and resources online 24/7 through TexVet.org.
- HHSC contracts with 37 LMHAs to hire or contract for Peer Service Coordinators to provide direct peer-to-peer services to engage veterans and family members who have experienced military trauma, are at risk of isolation from support services and don't seek services through traditional channels.
- HHSC contracts with the Texas Veterans Commission's Veteran Mental Health Department to provide training and technical assistance to peer service coordinators, community-based partners and mental health providers and also coordinates services for justice-involved veterans.
- HHSC contracts with 6 LMHAs for a pilot program to hire or contract for Veteran Counselors, who are licensed mental health providers, and are funded to provide direct mental health services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families free of charge.