This year, the Institute will provide 26.5 hours of continuing education for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, Social Workers, Certified Prevention Specialists, Associate Prevention Specialists and Peer Mentor/Peer Recovery Designation. Continuing education credit for other multiple disciplines will be provided for this event.

Join us Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4 at the Austin Convention Center. The theme for 2017 is One Body: Unified and Dynamic Approaches to Behavioral Health in Texas.

Review all the sessions offered by visiting the Schedule page.

Handouts - Presentations and/or handouts provided by speakers can be found here. We have only posted handouts we were given permission to share.


Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

All attendees are invited to the Welcome Reception with Exhibitors on Monday, July 31st from 5 – 6 pm.  Meet this year’s exhibitors, connect with other attendees, and enjoy light refreshments. 


Specialized Trainings:

The Texas Behavioral Health Institute (TBHI) offers multiple specialized training that run concurrent with the regular program. These trainings have a separate cost for attending them. If you wish to attend TBHI sessions during the other days you are not in training, you can choose one day registration while you are registering for a specialized training. Please read below for further information on each specialized training.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - $150

*Limited to 30 attendees
Thursday, August 3, 8 am – 5 pm

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, in-person training program with proven ability to teach individuals how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and substance use disorders and link people with appropriate treatment and support. Mental Health First Aid increases the understanding that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable.
8-10 am: Training
10-10:15 am: Break:
10:15-12:15 pm: Training
12:15-12:45 pm: Working Lunch
12:45-3:15 pm: Training
3:15-3:30 pm: Break
3:30-5 pm: Training
Schedule Details


Prevention Resource Center Workshop - $150

Monday, July 31, 8:30 am – 5 pm

Prevention is an integral component to addressing substance abuse in Texas.  The Prevention Resource Center Workshop offers valuable information and techniques PRCs can implement with their organization. This year’s workshop will provide a brief update and resources for the 2018 Texas School Survey recruitment.  The primary workshop will empower organizations with knowledge on how to create and implement strategic media message that engages audiences to have a sustained impact on their communities.  Related case studies and effective plans will also be discussed.

It all starts with your story. Your PRC story is the foundation for reaching your target audience, which media platforms you’ll use to share your message and how to craft a realistic plan to share that message. We’ll take a look at the insider secrets for free media attention. Plus, see who’s doing it right – the PRCs who are sharing their prevention message the right way – and what you can take away from their strategies

8:30-9:30 am: Introduction and Peer Sharing Activity
9:30-10 am: Texas School Survey Recruitment
10-12 pm: Foundations of Strategic Storytelling
12-1:30 pm: Lunch on Own
1:30-3:15 pm: Elements of a Great Media Strategy
3:15-3:30 pm: Break
3:30-5 pm: Crafting a Media Strategy That Works for You


Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST): FULL

*Limited to first 30 attendees
$475—Includes training days, Friday TBHI sessions, and workbook binder

Join Waitlist

The Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is a foundational course of study in substance abuse prevention. An innovative training that blends a four-day, in-person component with an interactive online unit, the SAPST is intended for entry-level prevention practitioners working in states, jurisdictions, tribes, and communities. It is also appropriate for professionals working in related health care fields and for those who would like training in current prevention research and practice, especially SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework. The course provides knowledge and skills to implement effective, data-driven prevention programs, practices, and policies that reduce behavioral health disparities and improve wellness.

Monday, July 31—Thursday, August 3
8 - 10 am: Training
10 - 10:30 am: Break
10:30 - 12 pm: Training
12 - 1:30 pm: Lunch on Own
1:30 - 3 pm: Training
3 - 3:30 pm: Break
3:30 - 5 pm: Training

Friday, July 15
You may attend TBHI sessions.

Sign up for SAPST across the State.

Go to where you can register for the following dates for the next available SAPST in June, July and August.

Here are the region and dates:

Region 7: 6/19-22/2017 – Brazos Valley Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Bryan TX

Region 10: 7/18-21/2017 – Park University - 1330 Adabel Drive, Room 105, El Paso Texas 79936

Region 3: 8/14-17/2017 – The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Dallas TX


Coalition Summit - $325

10 am Monday, July 31 – 5 pm Wednesday, August 2
Schedule Details

Texas Coalitions are committed to raising public awareness of the risks and consequences of underage drinking and drug misuse and abuse; educating their communities about current and emerging drug trends; partnering with school districts; building liaisons with decision-makers, parents, the medical and faith-based communities; as well as law enforcement to improve outcomes.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is sponsoring a three-day Coalition Summit at the TBHI to share best practices, learn about new resources, and hear from national experts in the field of substance abuse.


12 Step Meetings

Monday, July 31 – Thursday, August 3, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Room 1, First Floor of Convention Center
Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting during the lunch break Monday through Thursday.


Roundtable Discussions

Tuesday, August 1 – Thursday, August 3
10 am - 10:30 am; 12:30 pm - 1 pm; 3 pm - 3:30 pm
Exhibit Hall
The Institute Roundtable Discussions provide an excellent venue for providing and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in discussions, and meeting colleagues with similar backgrounds. We hope these discussions will give attendees an opportunity to learn more about the HHSC, encourage sharing ideas, and brainstorm new ideas.

2017 Theme: Community Collaborations
Adult Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health
Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG)
Cultural Competency
Diabetes Prevention & Control
Early Onset Psychosis and Transition Age Youth
IDD & Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues
Law Enforcement
Mental Health in Schools
Myths Around Medication Assisted Recovery


Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest Winners

Tuesday, August 1 – Thursday, August 3, 7:30 am – 5 pm
Exhibit Hall
HHSC invited children, youth, and adults to participate in its annual creative arts contest to promote mental health awareness by illustrating their own experience through poetry, art, or video. Come by the Exhibit Hall to see this year’s winners.
The theme for the 2017 Adult Creative Arts Contest was “The Reality: When the Best Meets the Worst”.
The theme for the 2017 Children’s Creative Arts Contest was “Why Mental Health Matters To Me.”