Mental Health Matters

Supporting East Texas Youth in Schools

This year, the Mental Health Matters grant team, Drs. Citlali Molina, Jessica Holm, and Project Coordinator Emmanuel Diaz have been at the forefront of transformative mental health initiatives, exemplified by the successful execution of six impactful training sessions and an annual conference. We have successfully met the Department of Education’s grant Competitive Preference Priority 1 by strategically increasing the number of qualified school-based mental health service providers from diverse backgrounds or communities served by high-need LEAs, contributing to the overall enhancement of educational environments and student well-being. 


We have placed seven graduate interns in our three partner schools (Tyler, Brownsboro, and Winona Independent School Districts). Currently, they have provided over 520 hours of direct counseling services and over 600 hours of indirect counseling services to students across the districts.

In addition, our strategic partnerships with The Piney Woods Counseling Association, the Texas Council of Professors of Educational Administration, and Mosaic Counseling Centers of East Texas underscore our dedication to our unwavering commitment to advancing mental health care standards and fostering a diverse and inclusive educational environment. 

Annual Mental Health Matters Conference: 

We are inviting the entire school community and mental health professionals to this year’s Mental Health Matters Conference date TBD. The conference promotes mental health in the school setting by discussing topics like suicide prevention, trauma-informed schools, educator burnout prevention, and creating resilient classrooms. 

We are offering sessions for school administrators, teachers, and mental health professionals. 

Continuing credits for LPC and TEA are included.  

Register Here


Contact Information

Dr. Citlali Molina


Citali Molina

Dr. Jessica Holm


Jessica Holm

Grant Project Coordinator 

Emmanuel Diaz


Emmanuel Diaz