About DBH

Mission

The Department is the advocate, expert, and clearinghouse on community mental health and substance abuse issues and programs for Commissioners Court.  The Department leads in planning, coordinating, advocating, and organizing community behavioral health stakeholders in activities to continually improve the availability of services in this community.

Essential Duties – Develop and monitor behavioral health services that: 

  1. Increase early identification of behavioral health needs,
  2. Promote access to care, and 
  3. Promote continuity of care.

Areas of Focus

  • Improve services for Bexar County citizens - build capacity
  • Improve mental health and substance abuse screening and access
  • Establish systematic approach to continuously assess mental health and substance abuse needs
  • Reduce stigma of mental illness and substance abuse
  • Strengthen the public safety net through an expanded behavioral health system of care
  • Receive community feedback from citizens and stakeholders
  • Address and support the behavioral health legislative agenda



  1. Gilbert Gonzales

    Gilbert Gonzales

    Director

  1. Jessica Smarro

    Jessica Smarro, LCSW

    Behavioral Health Manager

  1. Melissa Lucio

    Melissa D. Lucio, BA, LCDC

    Substance Use Disorder Program Coordinator

  1. Stacey Eure

    Stacey Eure

    Senior Program Analyst

  1. Michelle Starr-Salazar

    Michelle Starr-Salazar

    Mental Health Court Manager

In an effort to address the behavioral health needs of the community as well as the justice system, the Department of Behavioral Health is a component of the Office of Criminal Justice.