Local Planning & Network Development

HHSC has developed this website to provide information to all stakeholders, including private providers, who might be interested in the provision of mental health services in collaboration with Local Mental Health Authorities and Local Behavioral Health Authorities throughout Texas.

This collaborative approach to service provision is detailed in Texas Administrative Code, Title 26, Part 1, Chapter 301, Subchapter F. It establishes a standardized, transparent process for planning and developing a network of mental health service providers, emphasizes a choice of providers and allows for local control through stakeholder input while requiring the network to be managed by the local authorities.

This website is meant to assist interested service providers in negotiating the application process to become part of a local provider network. The networks developed through this process don't serve people covered by Medicaid Managed Care.

On this website, HHSC provides:

  • Links to TRR and other important information.
  • Minimum service requirements.
  • Service capacity information for each local service area.
  • A mechanism for providers to indicate their interest (see LPND Information for Potential Providers) and the resulting list of interested providers.

Providers can submit a description of their qualifications, including their experience as it relates to the same or similar services and populations defined in the TRR levels of care. Information submitted by interested providers will be posted on this website. Submissions from providers are only accepted during a specific window of time in each two-year cycle. To learn more, visit the Information for Potential Providers page.

This list of potential qualified providers is made available to assist the local authorities in making their procurement decisions. The existence of listed qualified providers in an LMHA/LBHA service area shouldn't be interpreted by the local authority as requiring procurement.

Local Plans

The rule requires each local authority develop a two-year local plan for the development of an external provider network. When approved by HHSC, the plan is posted on the local authority's website.

Contact Us

To learn more, send an email to LPND@hhsc.state.tx.us.