History: School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI)



In April 2012, the Harris County School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI) at Mental Health America of Greater Houston launched as a community-wide collaborative.  It represented stakeholders from more than 40 local organizations working together to develop and implement recommendations to improve prevention, early identification, and treatment of behavioral health issues among students.

Workgroup participants included personnel from ten school districts representing over 500,000 public school students; the Harris County Department of Education; behavioral health providers such as the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County and DePelchin Children's Center; child-serving agencies and advocates such as the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department and Children at Risk.

It also included statewide advocates such as Texans Care for Children and Disability Rights Texas; and consumer and family organizations such as NAMI Metropolitan Houston and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Houston.


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