Texas Parents as Teachers began in 1986 when the Children's Committee of the Mental Health Association in Texas became interested in the program. The Parents as Teachers program addressed many areas that increase the well-being of children and their opportunities for success in school and life. The Mental Health Association in Texas sponsored the implementation of the program in Texas through promoting awareness of Parents as Teachers and encouraging the establishment of three pilot sites. In 1987, the three sites began serving families in Allen, Garland, and Fort Worth Independent School Districts.
Since that time the Parents as Teachers program in Texas has grown to serve over 100 communities with more than 400 certified parent educators serving an estimated 10,000 children annually. The Mental Health Association of Texas, later known as Mental Health America of Texas, functioned as the State System Leader for Texas Parents as Teachers, hosting TXPAT as one of it's programs and housing it's three Austin based staff. In June of 2017, Texas Parents as Teachers moved to Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.
Mental Health America of Texas helped Texans address mental health concerns from 1935 until 2017 through outreach, education, advocacy, and policy work. The mission of Mental Health America of Texas was to promote mental health, prevent mental disorders, and improve the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses through education and advocacy. Mental Health America ran three programs in addition to Parents as Teachers including, Advocacy & Public Policy, Suicide Prevention, and the Texas NIMH Outreach Project. In June 2017, Texas Parents as Teachers moved to Mental Health America of Greater Dallas.
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote mental wellness through community education and policy advocacy. Through the support of our staff, volunteers and supporters, we help develop and improve resources for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and adults with serious mental illness. In addition to Texas Parents as Teachers, MHA Dallas runs the WHO Program, various support groups, and mental health education. To learn more, please visit their website mhadallas.org.