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The Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC) was created by the 86th Texas Legislature to leverage the expertise and capacity of the health-related institutions of higher education to address urgent mental health challenges and improve the mental health care system in this state in relation to children and adolescents.


All Texas children and adolescents will have the best mental health outcomes possible.


Advance mental health care quality and access for all Texas children and adolescents through inter-institutional collaboration, leveraging the expertise of the state’s health-related institutions of higher education, local and state government agencies, and local and state mental health organizations.


The TCMHCC is responsible for implementing the following initiatives:

  • Child Psychiatry Access Network (CPAN) : A network of child psychiatry access centers based at the HRIs to provide telemedicine-based consultation and training to PCPs to assist them with identifying and treating mental health issues in their patients.
  • Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT): Telemedicine or telehealth programs using HRIs to assist local school districts (ISDs) with direct tele-psychiatric care for students, including assessments, brief intervention, referrals and training.
  • Community Psychiatry Workforce Expansion (CPWE): Full-time academic psychiatrists are funded to serve as academic medical directors at facilities operated by community mental health providers and new psychiatric resident rotation positions are established at these facilities.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships (CAP Fellowships): This program expands both the number of child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship positions in Texas and the number of these training programs at Texas HRIs.
  • Research: Coordinate mental health research across state university systems in accordance with the statewide behavioral health strategic plan developed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


The TCMHCC is composed of the following entities:

  • The 13 state-funded health related institutions of higher education in Texas
  • The Health and Human Services Commission
  • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), which will receive the funding from the state and send it to the Consortium members.
  • Three nonprofit organizations that focus on mental health care: Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and the Texas Council of Community Health Centers
  • The University of Texas System, which is the administrative support entity
  • Any other entity that the executive committee considers necessary
TCMHCC Diagram

Staff & Leadership

The Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC) is staffed by The University of Texas System, through a contract with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Presiding Officer: David Lakey, MD, University of Texas System

Executive Director: Luanne Southern, MSW, University of Texas System

Program Coordinator: Lashelle Inman, MBA, University of Texas System

Director of Population Health Strategic Initiatives: Nagla Elerian, MS, University of Texas System

Communications: Daniel Oppenheimer, MFA, University of Texas System


For more information on the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium (TCMHCC), contact Luanne Southern at

For media inquiries, contact Daniel Oppenheimer at or (512) 852-3269.