Email, response to PolitiFact Texas, Christine Mann, assistant press officer, Texas Department of State Health Services, Jan. 9, 2013
The Kaiser report takes the DSHS appropriation for mental health services and divides it by the number of Texans, which doesn’t really give a clear picture of all of the money that goes into mental health spending in Texas. It does not include the funding for mental health services by the Health and Human Services Commission for CHIP, Medicaid, STAR-Plus. Other agencies that may also provide mental health services include the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Youth Commission, the Department of Family & Protective Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, etc.
Assistant Press Officer
Texas Department of State Health Services