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State Hospital System

General Overview

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) manages nine state-owned mental health facilities and one state-owned inpatient residential treatment facility for adolescents. These 10 facilities, collectively referred to as state hospitals, are a component of the statewide mental health delivery system and provide a variety of inpatient services for children, adolescents, adults, and forensic patients.

In August 2017, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) issued a comprehensive plan for state-funded inpatient mental health services in accordance with 2018-19 General Appropriations Act, S.B. 1, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (Article II, Health and Human Services Commission, Rider 179).  The plan provides a three-phased approach to improve the state hospital system.

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