Helen Farabee Centers offers the following services specially designed to meet the needs of persons with major mental illness:
- Psychiatric Evaluation
- Supportive Counseling
- Psychoactive Medication & Monitoring
- Supported Employment
- Rehabilitative Skills Training
- Supported Housing
- Community-based Crisis Intervention
All services are based on the individual's needs and choices and are structured to help the person manage their illness, encouraging independent and productive lives.
Services are available to anyone living within the 19-county service area who meets eligibility guidelines for receiving mental health services through the Department of State Health Services system. Services are available without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability.
The Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most forms of private health insurance. For persons who are not eligible for health coverage, fees will be assessed on the basis of proof of the individual's (or, in some cases, the family's) complete income, with no one being denied services due to an inability to pay.
To Learn More About Behavioral Health Services
Crisis Intervention Services are available 24 hours a day by calling, toll-free, 1-800-621-8504.
To find out more about how to access services for someone with mental illness, please call the mental health center nearest you. We will be happy to discuss available services and arrange an initial appointment to begin the evaluation process, if appropriate.
Behavioral health centers are located in the following North Texas towns:
- Bowie (940) 872-2271
- Childress (940) 937-3644
- Decatur (940) 627-1251
- Graham (940) 549-4896
- Haskell (940) 864-3472
- Quanah (940) 663-5366
- Seymour (940) 889-2277
- Vernon (940) 553-4002
- Wichita Falls (940) 397-3300
Our Children…Our Future... Our Mission.
Children in today’s world face ever-increasing pressure and challenges. Neighborhood violence, poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, and disturbed family relationships are all persistent psychological adversities that can place children and adolescents at increased risk for psychiatric disorders.
Without proper intervention at-risk youth become increasingly vulnerable to social isolation, alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and even suicide. This is where we can help. The Helen Farabee Centers' Child and Adolescent programs provide a wide array of counseling and therapy services specially structured to meet the needs of at-risk youth and their families, including:
- 24-Hour Emergency Screening
- Assessment Services
- Individual and Group Therapy
- Medication-Related Services
- Psychosocial Training
- Case Management
Realizing that any effective strategy must include everyone involved with the child, we have developed a number of programs that work with the family unit as a whole, including family counseling and family education seminars.
When appropriate we also reach out to the child's educators to help them understand the specific challenges being faced by the child so they can develop effective strategies for the classroom.
We also assure referrals to other area agencies and service providers are made whenever such referrals are in the best interest of the child and their family.
As with all Center programs, Child and Adolescent services are available to residents who reside in our 19-county service area and who fall within the Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines for child and adolescent priority population. The Center accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most forms of private health insurance. For persons who are not eligible for health coverage, fees will be assessed on the basis of proof of a family’s complete income, with no one being denied services due to an inability to pay.
To Learn More About Child and Adolescent Services
For more information please call our nearest location and ask to speak to someone about children's behavioral health services.
- Bowie 940-872-2271
- Childress 940-937-3644
- Decatur 940-627-1251
- Graham 940-549-4896
- Haskell 940-864-3472
- Quanah 940-663-5366
- Seymour 940-889-2277
- Vernon 940-553-4002
- Wichita Falls 940-720-3555
Early Childhood Intervention
Our mission is to assure that family members and caregivers of young children have the supports and resources needed to enhance their child’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.
The ECI Program provides the following services that are specially designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers ages 0-3 years:
• Assistive Technology
• Behavioral Intervention
• Case Management
• Family Education
• Health Services
• Nutrition and Feeding
• Occupational Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Social Work
• Specialized Skills Training
• Speech & Language Therapy
• Transition to Services beyond ECI
To receive services through Helen Farabee Center's ECI Program, your child must:
• Live in one of these 10 North Texas counties:
Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Montague,
Wichita, Wilbarger, or Young County
• Have a medically diagnosed condition that will likely result in a developmental delay.
• Have a developmental delay or difficulty with these skills:
Communication – language or speech
Cognitive – thinking, learning, playing, reasoning
Motor – physical development
-Gross motor, such as using large
muscles, to sit up, crawl, walk.
-Fine motor, such as using small muscles, to grab small objects.
-Oral motor, such as using the mouth, to suck, chew.
Social/emotional – bonding, attachment, interactions with others
Self-help – Taking care of own needs (eating, drinking, washing hands,potty-training)
• Have an auditory or visual impairment, determined by local school district personel
Make a Referral
Anyone can request an evaluation.
If you are concerned that an infant or toddler may have a developmental delay or disability, contact ECI for an evaluation. ECI will determine if a child needs services and is eligible to receive them. The family will be involved in the evaluation, assessments and planning next steps.
For more information on Early Childhood Intervention, please call (940) 696-6200 or go to:
For a Parent Handbook in English, click here.
For a Parent Handbook in Spanish, click here.
Texas ECI: Family to Family https://youtu.be/BS5hUdK2uOc
About Texas ECI https://youtu.be/vA5hilYj5eQ
Parent to Parent: Knowing Your Rights https://youtu.be/MVpf70j_eto
Padre a Padre: Conocer sus Derechos https://youtu.be/_DED6FrZBkU
What is the YES Waiver?
The YES Waiver is a 1915 © Medicaid program that allows for more flexibility in the funding of intensive community based services for children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance and their families.
Who is Eligible for YES Waiver Services?
To participate in the YES Waiver, the child or adolescent must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be between the ages of 3-18 years;
- Have a diagnosed serious emotional disturbance (SED);
- Meet the criteria to be in a psychiatric hospital;
- Be eligible for Medicaid, and
- Currently live in a home setting with a legal guardian, or on their own if they no longer have a legal guardian.
What are the YES Waiver Services?
The following services are provided under the YES Waiver:
- Community Living Supports
- Family Supports
- Transitional Services
- Adaptive Aids and Supports
- Minor Home Modifications
- Non-Medical Transportation
- Paraprofessional Services
- Professional Services
- Supportive Family Based Alternatives
How do I Access Yes Waiver Services?
Families or the Legal Authorized Representative of an eligible child or youth who are interested in referring their child to the YES Waiver Services Program must first contact Helen Farabee Centers' YES Waiver Interest List Message Line at (940) 397-3187 or e-mail YESWaiver@helenfarabee.org. Helen Farabee Centers maintains an Interest List for individuals interested in receiving YES Waiver services. The YES Waiver has a limit on the number of children and youth who can be served in our area. There is a first come, first served policy for YES Waiver services. The policy is based on the chronological date of registration on the YES Waiver Interest List.
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Interested in becoming a YES Waiver Service Provider?
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Helen Farabee Centers offers the following array of services specially designed to meet the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities:
- Service Coordination
- In-Home and Family Support
- Residential Programs
- Home & Community Based Services
- Vocational Training
- Supported Employment
- Respite Services
- Psychological and Nursing Services
- In Home Training
- Day Habilitation Services
All services are based on the individual's needs and choices and are structured to help the person become as independent and productive as possible.
Services are available to anyone living within the 19-county service area who meets eligibility guidelines for receiving intellectual and developmental disabilities services through the Department of Aging and Disability Services system. Services are available without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or disability. Charges are based on the individual's (or, in some cases, the family's) income, with no one being denied services due to an inability to pay.
To Learn More About IDD Services
To find out more about how to access services for someone with intellectual and developmental disabilities, please call the Centralized Intake Office at 1-800-669-4166. The intake coordinator will be happy to discuss available services and arrange for a personal visit to begin the intake and evaluation process. Intake staff can also arrange for a guided tour of the nearest mental retardation service site. Service sites are located in the following North Texas towns:
- Wichita Falls
Local Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Authority (LIDDA) Services
LIDDA services include determining a person’s eligibility for services, enrolling an individual into programs, and coordinating on-going services for an individual to improve quality of life. Other important responsibilities include placing individuals on statewide and local interest lists, providing crisis respite services in a least restrictive setting, helping students transitioning from school services, state facilities, SSLC or Nursing Facilities into community-based services, and aiding families who request residential services for children and adults.
Intake and Screening
This is the central point of entry for all Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services. This is where the initial screening for eligibility begins and where information is provided about all service options available in the Center, community, and state.
This assessment determines whether a person has an intellectual or developmental disability, and whether a person is a member of the priority population for developmental disabilities services. The term IDD includes many severe, chronic conditions that are due to mental and/or physical impairments. IDD can begin at any time, up to 18 years of age for an intellectual disability and up to 22 years of age for developmental disabilities. It usually lasts throughout a person's lifetime. Studies show that somewhere between 1% and 3% of Americans have intellectual disabilities. People who have IDD have significant limitations in adaptive behaviors with major life activities such as: language, mobility, learning, reasoning, problem solving, self-help, and independent living. IDD can be caused from genetic conditions (Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome), problems during pregnancy or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, problems at time of birth, health problems such as whooping cough, measles, and exposure to environmental toxins. Additional common diagnoses include Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Statewide & Local Interest Lists
The state has federal authority to limit the number of persons served in the HCS and Texas Home Living Medicaid Waiver program. The number of requests is greater than the number of available program “slots,” creating an Interest List of persons requesting the HCS or Texas Home Living Waiver when funds become available. For persons residing in one of Helen Farabee Center’s counties, the LIDDA is responsible for the addition of a person to the Interest List and also for contacting each individual on the local HCS and Texas Home Living Interest List on a biennial basis to ascertain his or her continued interest in HCS or Texas Home Living services. This Center has a local General Revenue interest list for services maintained and monitored by the IDD Intake staff with the LIDDA.
Transition from Schools
Transition Services assist individuals approaching 22 years of age as they move from receiving services through a school district to receiving services from the Helen Farabee Centers or other community-based programs. The Service Coordinator (LIDDA) works with school districts to participate in the student’s annual Transition – Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Meetings held at the schools. Information about all service options is shared annually with all school districts, and when requested at the Transition ARD Meetings.
Community Resource Coordination Group (CRCG)
LIDDA staff attend CRCG meetings with various community agencies to staff important cases to link children and their families to services needed within the local service area.
IDD Crisis Intervention Services (CIS)
Therapeutic supports are provided by the certified authorized provider to address stressors that result from challenging behaviors. The CIS provides training and information on IDD programs and services for collaboration to families, agencies in the community, and staff to attempt to prevent and reduce crises. After hours on-call for crisis is 1-800-621-8504.
Continuity of Care: Enrollment
Enrollments into General Revenue, Community First Choice, Home and Community Services (HCS), Texas Home Living (TxHmL), and PASRR are completed by LIDDA staff. Additionally, staff are responsible for facilitating enrollments into State Supported Living Centers (SSLC) and for providing information about private ICF/IID (Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities) programs, when individuals indicate a preference for these services. When individuals are recommended for enrollment in a Medicaid HCS or ICF/IID program upon discharge from a state hospital. SSLC or nursing facility, LIDDA staff facilitate the transfer and completes the enrollment into the HCS or referral to ICF/IID program chosen by the individual or family. LIDDA staff enroll individuals into a Texas Home Living or HCS Medicaid Waiver program who are transitioning from a Nursing Facility.
This is defined as assistance in accessing medical, social, educational, and other appropriate services and supports that will help an individual achieve a quality of life and community participation acceptable to the individual and LAR on the individual’s behalf: Crisis Prevention & Management; Monitoring; Assessment; Service Planning and Coordination. This service is further defined by the program that the individual participates in and the individual’s place of residence. Service Coordination is provided to participants in Home and Community Based Services Medicaid Waiver program, the Texas Home Living Medicaid program, Pre-Admission Screening & Resident Review (PASRR), Community First Choice (CFC), and General Revenue funded services. Service Coordination is provided to eligible individuals who live in the community (own home, family home, host home or residential group home), in State Supported Living Centers, and Nursing Facilities.
Pre-Admission Screening & Resident Review (PASRR)
Individuals who reside in a Nursing Facility are evaluated to determine their eligibility for specialized services, to include Service Coordination to assist with transition planning to a community living setting. Individuals who transition from or divert from a Nursing Facility to reside in the community receive enhanced community coordination to facilitate a successful transition to their new living environment.
More information on the PASRR program found at the HHSC link: https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/provider-portals/resources/preadmission-screening-resident-review-pasrr
Community First Choice
Community First Choice (CFC) provides certain services and supports to individuals living in the community who are enrolled in the Medicaid program and meet CFC eligibility requirements. Services and supports may include: Activities of daily living (eating, toileting, and grooming), activities related to living independently in the community, and health-related tasks (personal assistance services); acquisition, maintenance, and enhancement of skills necessary for the individuals to care for themselves and to live independently in the community (habilitation); providing a backup system or ways to ensure continuity of services and supports (emergency response services); and training people how to select, manage and dismiss their own attendants (support management). In Texas, CFC may be available to people enrolled in Medicaid, including those served by: 1915 (c) waiver programs, Medicaid managed care; and personal care services for children. Individuals may use the Consumer Directed Services (CDS) option for certain CFC services. CFC is also available through managed care organizations for individuals who meet eligibility criteria.
Information about eligibility for this program found at the HHSC link: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/health/medicaid-chip/programs/community-first-choice.
Continuity of Care
Individuals who live in a State Supported Living Center (SSLC) are provided information and educational opportunities to learn about their options for moving to a community setting. Individuals who leave a SSLC to reside in the community receive enhanced community coordination to facilitate a successful transition to their new living environment. LIDDA staff complete court commitment requests for individuals that require voluntary or involuntary admissions to a SSLC. LIDDA staff assist in making referrals for alternate placement of an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF/IID) residential group home within the state based on the individual or LAR’s desire.
More information on ICF/IID facilities found at the HHSC link: https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/provider-portals/long-term-care-providers/intermediate-care-facilities-icfiid
More information on SSLC facilities found at the HHSC link: https://hhs.texas.gov/services/disability/intellectual-or-developmental-disabilities-idd-long-term-care/state-supported-living-centers-sslcs
Permanency Planning is a philosophy and planning process that focuses on obtaining family support for children and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and facilitating permanent living arrangements for them in natural home environments. The LIDDA manages the completion of the planning process, documentation and reporting for all individuals under age 22 residing in institutional settings (public and private) in the Center’s service area.
More information on Permanency Planning found at the HHSC link: https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/provider-portals/long-term-care-providers/local-intellectual-developmental-disability-authority-lidda/permanency-planning-children
For more information about services, please contact the Helen Farabee Centers intake line at 1-800-669-4166. Local intake number for IDD services can be reached at 940-397-3335 or 940-397-3383.
The Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability (ICF/IID) program is a community-based residential service option provided in homes with six or fewer individuals. This ICF/IID program provides similar services provided in an HCS residential home. The services include staff available to assist individuals with identified needs, access to medical care, the opportunity to attend Day Habilitation or similar programs, and participation in community activities.
If you choose to access the ICF/IID residential option, you are able to keep your current placement on interest lists for home and community-based waiver services, such as HCS, Texas Home Living, Community Living Assistance and Support Services, and Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities programs.
For information about the ICF/IID program, please visit: https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/provider-portals/long-term-care-providers/intermediate-care-facilities-icfiid Information at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/icf/search/index.cfm allows you to search ICFs/IID homes with vacancies by county, city or zip code. It also lists any special services or areas of expertise.
If you are interested in this residential option, contact us at 940-397-3335 or 940-397-3383. We will assist you in applying for the service. The application process for admission to an ICF/IID involves sharing an individual’s diagnosis and medical and support needs with ICF/IID providers to ensure they have the appropriate services and resources to best meet an individual’s needs.
HELEN FARABEE SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES OUPATIENT PROGRAMS
This program includes:
- Screenings to determine a need for treatment and appropriate level of service.
- Assessments to determine the severity of substance use or dependence and individual treatment planning.
- Individual, family, and group counseling
- Chemical dependency and substance abuse education, relapse prevention, life and coping skills and process groups
- Program offers access to detox and inpatient substance abuse treatment
- Day and evening adult programs
- Afternoon youth programs
- Family groups
- Drug testing
- Case management
To Access These Services, Please Contact:
Graham (940) 696-6125
Haskell (940) 864-3472
Vernon (940) 397-3156
Wichita Falls (940) 397-3391
Decatur (940) 626-1975
Childress (940) 937-3644
Bowie (940) 696-6284
Quanah (940) 663-5366
Olney (940) 696-6125
OSAR (Outreach-Screening-Assessment-Referral) 1(800)588-8728
For more information, please contact:
Marcy Thomas, Program Administrator
Please click here for information about our PACK (pursuing alternative choices through knowledge) Mentor Program.
Helen Farabee Centers Veteran Peer Provider Support
Coordinating and Delivering Service and Community Support to Veterans
- Educating veterans of community and veteran services available in the area
- Liaison for Helen Farabee Centers and Veterans Services Expansion Workgroup
- Work in tandem with key community veteran service leaders
- Meet with veteran organizations to build awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Link to “Military Veteran Peer Network” for those suffering from PTSD
- Texas Veterans Portal
For anyone who has served in our Country's Armed Forces-sometimes it is hard to find someone that can relate to what you are going through and how you feel. We want you to know that you are not alone and we offer the following services:
Substance Abuse Services
For those facing addiction to alcohol or other drugs, we offer outpatient groups for substance abuse issues. Helen Farabee Centers can also be the link to inpatient treatment for detoxification/dependence or local suppport groups.
Medical and Case Management Services
For those who have a qualifying diagnosis, including Major Depression, Bipolar, and/or Schizophrenia, Helen Farabee Centers offers both medication management and case management services.
For more information on this program, please contact:
Elliot Bonner, Veteran Peer Coordinator, at (940) 397-3315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
These Services are made possible by a grant through the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Trust * Camaraderie * Hope *
The Veterans Peer Group meeting is every Monday from 12pm-1pm. Meetings will be held at the Candlewood Suites Hotel conference room, located at 1320 Central Freeway in Wichita Falls, TX 76305. Basic Training will also be held at the Candlewood Suites Hotel conference room on the first Friday of every month from 9am-12pm. Come out and learn about our Veterans!
Other Resources and Information
Veteran Peer Handbook
Tramatic Brain Injury Brochure