Hospitals - Private Psychiatric Hospitals & Crisis Stabilization Units

The Health and Human Services Commission is responsible for developing rules that establish minimum standards for licensing procedures, operational requirements, standards for voluntary agreements, enforcement procedures, fire prevention and safety requirements, and physical plant and construction requirements for private psychiatric hospitals and crisis stabilization units.

Private psychiatric hospitals provide inpatient mental health services to individuals with mental illness or with a substance use disorder except that, at all times, a majority of the individuals admitted are individuals with a mental illness. Services include psychiatric assessment and diagnostic services, physician services, professional nursing services, and monitoring for patient safety provided in a restricted environment.

Crisis stabilization units are mental health facilities operated by a community center or other entity designated by the Health and Human Services Commission. They provide treatment to individuals who are the subject of a protective custody order.

Find or Verify a Licensee


Private psychiatric hospitals may be accredited.

Crisis stabilization units are not accredited.


The following documents, fees, and actions must be completed and approved before a license will be issued:

Initial Applications

Renewal Applications

Supporting Forms and Documents

Medicare Information

Private psychiatric hospitals may be certified to participate in the federal Medicare Program. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services directs state health agencies or other appropriate agencies to determine if health care entities meet federal standards. This helping function is termed "provider certification." Health Facility Compliance Unit staff is responsible for certifying hospitals. For more information on the certification process, refer to the hospital laws and rules webpage or contact your regional office (PDF).

Crisis stabilization units may NOT be certified to participate in the federal Medicare Program.

Laws and Rules

Click here for more information on Psychiatric Hospital and Crisis Stabilization Units laws and rules.

Enforcement Actions

Private Psychiatric Hospitals Enforcement Actions (PDF)

Human Trafficking Resources

Open Records Requests

There is no specific form for submitting your open records request. Your request must be in writing and may be submitted by mail, fax or email. Include enough description and detail about the information requested so we can accurately identify and locate the information. List your name and mailing address so we can provide you with the requested information. We may also provide you with an itemized statement of charges, if applicable, or notify you if the information you are requesting cannot be provided promptly.

Program Contact Information

General Email, Fax, Phone and Mailing Information
Phone: 512-438-5448
Fax: 512-834-4514

Mailing Address
Health Facility Licensing
Mail Code 1868
P.O. BOX 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Mailing Address for Applications with Fees:
HHSC AR Mail Code 1470
P.O. BOX 149055
Austin, Texas 78714-9055