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Prevention and Intervention Programs: SB 831

Section 161.325 of the Health and Safety Code indicates that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and regional education service centers, shall provide and annually update a list of recommended best practice-based programs in the areas specified under Subsection (a-1) for implementation in elementary, junior high, middle, and high schools within the general education setting. DSHS, TEA, and each regional education service center shall make the list easily accessible on their website.

The list must include programs in the following areas:

  • early mental health intervention;
  • mental health promotion and positive youth development;
  • substance abuse prevention;
  • substance abuse intervention; and
  • suicide prevention.

For more information about the Public Schools Best Practices Resources, please visit the DSHS website (outside source).

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