HB 906 Task Force

School Mental Health Task Force

The 86th Texas Legislature charged TEA in HB 906 to develop a Mental Health Task Force to study and evaluate mental health services that are funded by the state and provided at a school district or open-enrollment charter school directly to a student, parent or family member or employee.  The Task Force is also directed to study training provided to an educator and the impact of the mental health training and services.  The Task Force will be supported by an institution of higher education to collect and analyze data. TEA is responsible to appoint the membership of the Task Force and support the work and goals of the Task Force, as outlined in the legislation and as identified by the Task Force.

Short-Term Recommendations:

  1. TEA should have statutory authority to select or develop a statewide climate survey and data collection and reporting system. This should result in a common climate measure for schools across the state. The survey suite should include developmentally-appropriate versions completed by students, families, and school personnel.
  2. At the request of the Task Force, TEA shall conduct a survey of schools in fiscal year 2021 to document the current landscape of mental health services and supports in schools and identify what data elements may be currently tracked in most schools. Results of the survey would inform the Task Force’s evaluation plan and the structure of the future reporting system.
  3. The Task Force strongly recommends that the legislature update HB 906 [TEC Sec. 38.308] evaluation metrics in the upcoming legislative session. TEA should collaborate with the Task Force to determine possible points of alignment between Task Force evaluation metrics and those used by TEA in the Safe and Supportive School Program.
  4. The Task Force — with support from TEA — should study the roles and responsibilities of professional school counselors and the proportion of time dedicated to each role/responsibility.

Long-Term Recommendations:

  1. TEA should develop a state system for reporting of professional development.
  2. The Task Force recommends that the Texas Legislature consider funding a state center on school mental health or a consortium of higher education institutes that would provide training and technical assistance around best practices and their implementation, funding, collecting data and measuring outcomes, and facilitate research on effective practices that can be scaled and shared in Texas
Current Membership Roster of the Collaborative Task Force on School Mental Health

District Data Collection 2021-2022

In March 2022, the Task Force is gathering information from Local Education Agencies through a survey. The intent of the survey is to study the Texas school system’s capacity towards establishing and implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) that address mental and behavioral health. It includes questions to understand LEA’s capacity to report on specific data elements requested in the authorizing statute. The surveys will be distributed through a “To The Administrator Addressed” (TAA) notice.

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