Texas Parents as Teachers began in 1986 when the Children's Committee of the Mental Health Association in Texas became interested in the program because it addressed many areas that increase the well-being of children and increase their opportunities for success in school and in 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 which began in 1987 in Allen, Garland, and Fort Worth Independent School Districts.
Since that time the Parents as Teachers presence in Texas has increased to programs in over 100 communities with more than over 400 certified parent educators serving and estimated 10,000 children annually. The Mental Health Association of Texas, now known as Mental Health America of Texas, functions 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.
Mental Health America of Texas has been helping Texans address mental health concerns since 1935 through outreach, education, advocacy, and policy work. The mission of Mental Health America of Texas is 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 runs three programs in addition to Parents as Teachers including, Advocacy & Public Policy, Suicide Prevention, and the Texas NIMH Outreach Project. For more information click on the Mental Health America of Texas logo below.