General Health

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2-1-1 Texas

2-1-1 Texas is a good place to start for many services you need in Texas, including finding mental health or medical help, food, housing, paying utility bills. It’s free, anonymous, and 24/7. Call 2-1-1.

Your Texas Benefits

Looking for a convenient way to apply for and manage your SNAP food benefits, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and TANF? Try the Your Texas Benefits website.

Medical Consent

When you were placed in foster care, the court or DFPS chose somebody to consent to, or agree with, medical decisions recommended by your doctor. When you turn 16, or if you were already 16 when you came into care, you have the right to request to make some or all of your own medical decisions. For more information, read:

Healthcare for Former Texas Foster Youth

The Former Foster Care Children program provides healthcare coverage to you when you turn age 18 and will be available through age 25. For more information, visit this Medical Benefits page on the DFPS website.

Adolescent 2 Adult (a2A) Program

Did you know you can actually earn rewards for taking care of your health? To learn more information, visit the Adolescent 2 Adult (a2A) Program page.

Sex Education

What you know or don’t know about sexuality, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, etc. can help or hurt you. Learn more at Sex, Etc.

LGBTQ Resources

Exploring your sexual orientation is a normal part of discovering who you are. Some areas of Texas can be tough in judging you and giving you a hard time. But you can find others who support you in exploring and discussing your feelings, don’t judge, and accept you as you are. Check out Star Health LBGTQ resources which has a wealth of information that might be helpful to you.

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention
If you’re really low and considering suicide, contact the Trevor Project for LGBTQ Suicide Prevention. You can call, text, or chat 24/7.

Have an LGBTQ legal issue?
Contact the Lambda Legal Help Desk to discuss legal issues. For example, if you think you are being treated unfairly because of your sexual orientation (or what they think your sexual orientation is) in applying to a job or school, trying to rent an apartment, etc.

Want to talk to someone about sexual orientation and/or gender identity?
Call the LGBT National Youth Talk Line at 1-800-246-7743. This hotline is available M-F 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CST. They also have a large collection of videos about LGBTQ subjects.

Need information about your community LGBTQ meetings?
PFLAG supports the whole LGBTQ community, including family and friends of LGBTQ people. There are a number of PFLAG chapters in Texas that hold meetings, so you can meet in person with others.