Training & Technical Assistance

The State CRCG Office provides training and technical assistance through the tools listed below. CRCG leaders may also reach out to the State CRCG Office for specific training and TA needs related to their local CRCG.

Training and TA Tools

This handbook provides information for CRCG leaders and members to build and maintain their local CRCG. It outlines the basics of CRCGs, walks through starting your CRCG, reviews the roles of both leaders and members, goes over the CRCG process, and more. Tools and resources to supplement this guidebook can be found on the Training Toolkit page of this website.

Want to learn about how to start a CRCG and sustain it? The CRCG Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that offers in-depth guidance for CRCG leaders and members. The toolkit combines information from the CRCG guidebook, webinars, and incorporates useful resources such as training videos and worksheets into easy to navigate modules.

View the Training Toolkit

These one-page tip sheets provide best practices your CRCG can implement throughout the CRCG process, from the referral, preparation, the meeting and staffing, and follow up. For more details on each topic, check out the supplemental video series linked below.

There are multiple layers of requirements related to CRCG operations. CRCGs are a part of a Memorandum of Understanding and are embedded in the policies and procedures of various programs and resources across the state. The following resources outline the roles and responsibilities of CRCGs within the CRCG MOU, programs and resources:

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Non-Educational Funds

CRCGs play a role in connecting children and families with disabilities to Non-educational funds.

For guidance on the non-educational funds process, view the Texas Education Agency's Office of Special Populations and Monitoring (OSPM) presentation.

Permanency Planning

CRCGs play a role in creating permanent living arrangements for children who are currently residing in an institution. Learn more about Permanency Planning.

Waco Center for Youth

CRCGs provide letters of recommendation for youth referred to Waco Center for Youth for long-term psychiatric treatment. Learn more about Waco Center for Youth.

For guidance on what to include in the recommendation letter, review the placement recommendation letter outline. For a sample letter, please contact the State CRCG Office.

North Texas State Hospital

CRCGs provide letters of recommendation for youth referred to North Texas State Hospital-Vernon for forensic services. Learn more about North Texas State Hospital-Vernon.

For guidance on what to include in the recommendation letter, review the placement recommendation letter outline. For a sample letter, please contact the State CRCG Office.

HB 1204 - Juvenile Justice Diversion

CRCGs play a role in diverting children in the juvenile justice system by recommending services for the child and family to the juvenile probation department. Learn more about
HB 1204 - Juvenile Justice Diversion.

State Supported Living Centers

CRCGs play a role in the admission process for youth to State Supported Living Centers. Learn more about
State Supported Living Centers.

Trainings and Events

Webinars

The State CRCG Office offers a webinar series to support and train local CRCG leaders, members, and partners. These webinars highlight state agency partners and provide training on key statewide initiatives. They also discuss programs that can help serve CRCG clients. Each webinar focuses on a topic important to local CRCGs.



Adult Mental Health and Crisis Services
June 29, 2022 1-2 p.m. CDT

Texas Health and Human Services contracts with 37 local mental health authorities and two local behavioral health authorities to deliver mental health services in communities across Texas. Learn about the programs and services HHS provides to help people manage mental illness.

To register, visit the GoToWebinar webpage.

CRCG Bridge Call and Regional Cohort Meetings

The State CRCG Office offers a monthly bridge call series for local CRCG leaders and members to share ideas, discuss challenges and network. During the call, CRCG leaders have the opportunity to join regional cohort breakouts to connect and build partnerships with other leaders in their region. The bridge calls are held every third Tuesday of the month from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CT / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MT and will be hosted through Microsoft Teams. Mark your calendars for the upcoming bridge calls and join us for collaborative discussion!

CRCG members can contact their CRCG leaders for registration information. For questions or additional information, please contact the State CRCG Office.


CRCG Bridge Call and Regional Cohort Meetings Schedule
June 21, 2022
from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MDT
July 19, 2022
from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MDT
August 16, 2022
from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM CDT / 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM MDT

Monthly Leader Training

These trainings offer a dedicated time for the State CRCG Office to provide training and technical assistance to CRCG leaders and answer any questions they may have about the CRCG process. The first half of each monthly training will cover a section from our online training toolkit. The second half of the training will allow time for questions and will highlight specific topics of interest. The training is optional and open to both new and existing leaders. It occurs every second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT / 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MT and will be hosted through Microsoft Teams. Mark your calendars for the upcoming monthly leader trainings!

CRCG members can contact their CRCG leaders for registration information. For questions or additional information, please contact the State CRCG Office.

Monthly Leader Training Schedule
June 15, 2022
from 10:00 - 11:00 AM CDT / 9:00 - 10:00 AM MDT
July 8, 2022
from 10:00 - 11:00 AM CDT / 9:00 - 10:00 AM MDT
August 10, 2022
from 10:00 - 11:00 AM CDT / 9:00 - 10:00 AM MDT

Recorded Webinars

Contact Us

Have a question? Want to get in touch? The State CRCG Office would love to hear from you, provide you with more information and answer any questions you may have. Here’s how you may reach us:

State CRCG Office
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Office of Mental Health Coordination
8317 Cross Park Drive, Suite 350
Austin, TX 78754
Tel: 512-206-5255
Email: CRCG@hhsc.state.tx.us