PURPOSE AND SCOPE: The Behavioral Health Program supports Army National Guard Service Members through offering comprehensive clinical assessment and screening, diagnosis, treatment planning, resource connection and referral, crisis intervention, safety assessment, critical incident counseling, profile initiation and tracking, behavioral health education, Command Directed Mental Health Evaluation, FMR/SRP/RSRP support, Command guidance and recommendation. We engage in routine contact with Soldiers, their units, and treatment providers to ensure all behavioral health needs are met through careful, collaborative assessment.


MISSION: The overall mission of the Behavioral Health Program is to support the military readiness of the Texas Army National Guard by caring for the behavioral health needs of Soldiers. We balance the emotional needs of Soldiers with the expectations of military regulation to find an outcome that supports behavioral health recovery and, whenever possible, an ability to return to duty.


COORDINATION: The Texas Army National Guard Office of the State Surgeon Behavioral Health Program consists of the Director of Psychological Health, Psychological Health Data Administrator, and seven Behavioral Health Specialists stationed across the state of Texas:

Robin Gardner – Director of Psychological Health (512) 228-2334
John “Manny” Murray – Psychological Health Data Administrator (737) 600-6930
Robin Gardner, LCSW, LCDC, CGP – Austin Behavioral Health Specialist (956) 532-8684
Melissa Birdwell, LMSW – Temple Behavioral Health Specialist (254) 493-6615
Benito Guajardo, LCSW – San Antonio Behavioral Health Specialist (210) 608-4547
Cassandra Coleman, LMSW – Grand Prairie Behavioral Health Specialist (214) 490-4661
Mary-Ann Bland, LCSW – Houston Behavioral Health Specialist (281) 543-8839
Juan Guerrero, LCSW-S – Weslaco Behavioral Health Specialist (956) 532-8700
Myliekia Francois, LMSW – El Paso Behavioral Health Specialist (915) 208-2267


COMMANDER’S URGENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCES LINE: Our program is available 24/7/365 for Command and Unit Leadership. The Commander’s Urgent Behavioral Health Resource Line is 1-888-400-4123 for after-duty hours to include evenings/weekends/holidays. The Urgent Behavioral Health Resource Line supports the mission through offering: behavioral health crisis navigation and intervention, safety assessment and treatment planning, temporary/permanent behavioral health profile assessment, connection to resources and referral, connection to Office of the State Surgeon Behavioral Health Program, and general behavioral health guidance and support.