Regional Mental Health Resources Inventory

  1. Create school environments that support the social, emotional, and academic development of students;
  2. Identify students who may need additional behavioral or mental health support before issues arise;
  3. Provide early, effective interventions to students in need of additional support;
  4. Connect students and their families to specialized services in the school or community when needed; and
  5. Assist schools in aligning resources necessary to address the mental health of students.

ESC Consultations

ESC Report to TEA



Employment of Non-Physician Mental Health Professional

  1. Employ the non-physician mental health professional;
  2. In making a hiring decision, consult with other local mental health authorities providing services in that region; and
  3. Before making the final hiring decision, consult with the ESC.


Local Mental Health Authority

Non-Physician Mental Health Professional

Interagency Collaboration

Memorandum of Understanding



  1. Helping personnel gain awareness and a better understanding of mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders;
  2. Assisting personnel to implement initiatives related to mental health or substance use under state law or agency rules, interagency memorandums of understanding, and related programs;
  3. Ensuring personnel are aware of:
    1. The list of recommended best practice-based programs and research-based practices developed under Section 161.325, Health and Safety Code;
    2. Other public and private mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery programs available in the school district, including evidence-based programs provided by a local mental health authority and other public or private mental health providers; and
    3. Other available public and private mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery program resources administered by the local mental health authority or the Health and Human Services Commission to support school districts, students, and families;
  4. On a monthly basis, facilitating mental health first-aid training;
  5. On a monthly basis, facilitating training regarding the effects of grief and trauma and providing support to children with intellectual or developmental disabilities who suffer from grief or trauma; and
  6. On a monthly basis, facilitating training on prevention and intervention programs that have been shown to be effective in helping students cope with pressures to:
    1. Use alcohol, cigarettes, or illegal drugs; or
    2. Misuse prescription drugs.

Limitation on Duties


Mental Health Promotion

Programs and Practices

  1. Early mental health prevention and intervention;
  2. Building skills related to managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making;
  3. Substance abuse prevention and intervention;
  4. Suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention;
  5. Grief-informed and trauma-informed practices;
  6. Positive school climates;
  7. Positive behavior interventions and supports;
  8. Positive youth development; and
  9. Safe, supportive, and positive school climate.


Education Service Center Region 11



DATE ISSUED: 7/6/2020