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
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. Please Contact the Helen Farabee Centers Centralized Intake line at 1-800-669-4166 to schedule an intake with an Intake corrdinator. Local Intake number for IDD services can be reached at 940-397-3335 or 940-397-3383.
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, Spina Bifida, Developmental Delay, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Statewide & Local Interest Lists
The state of Texas has federal authority to limit the number of persons served in the Home & Community Based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Medicaid Waiver programs. The number of requests is greater than the number of available program “slots,” creating an Interest List of persons requesting the HCS or TxHmL Waiver when funds become available. For persons residing in one of Helen Farabee Center’s service counties, the LIDDA is responsible for the addition of a person to the Interest List and also for contacting each individual on the statewide HCS and TxHmL Interest List on a biennial basis to ascertain his or her continued interest in HCS or TxHmL services. This LIDDA, Helen Farabee Centers, has a local General Revenue (GR) interest list for services maintained and monitored by the IDD Intake staff.
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 or Intake Coordinator with the LIDDA works with school districts to participate in the student’s annual Transition – Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Meetings held at the school. 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, such as but not limited to, a psychologist or licensed psychological associate, to address stressors that result from challenging behaviors. The CIS provides training and information on IDD programs and services for collaboration with families, agencies in the community, and staff to attempt to prevent and reduce crisis situations.
“Therapeutic Support” means a flexible array of services, including behavioral support provided for individuals with IDD who require varying therapeutic and habilitative levels of intervention to holistically address the stressors that result in challenging behaviors.
Support may include training in:
• Activities to strengthen appropriate developmental functioning in areas of socialization, self-advocacy and rights;
• Developing coping skills; and
• Reducing or avoiding stressors to prevent crisis events.
After hours on-call for crisis is 1-800-621-8504. Contact the IDD Crisis Intervention Specialist at 940-397-3350 for questions regarding IDD crisis respite and therapeutic supports.
Is defined as assistance for an individual residing in a Nursing Facility to access appropriate specialized services necessary to achieve a quality of life and level of community participation acceptable to the individual and LAR on the individual’s behalf. A Habilitation Coordinator (HC) meets face-to-face with an individual monthly, or more frequently if needed, unless the only specialized service the individual is receiving is Habilitation Coordination, in which case the HC meets face-to-face with the individual at least quarterly. Based on these requirements, the SPT determines the frequency of face-to-face visits. Habilitation Coordination activities include:
• assessing and reassessing habilitative service needs by gathering information from the individual through observation and/or other appropriate sources to determine habilitative needs and the specialized services that will address those needs;
• facilitating an SPT meeting;
• monitoring and providing follow-up activities through observation of:
• the initiation and delivery of all specialized services agreed upon in an IDT or SPT meeting and following up when delays occur;
• the individual’s satisfaction with all specialized services;
• the individual’s progress or lack of progress toward achieving goals and outcomes identified in the HSP; and
• offering educational opportunities and information activities about community living options and addressing concerns about community living.
Enhanced Community Coordination (ECC)
Designed for all individuals diverting or transitioning or diverting from a Nursing Facility or State Supported Living Center (SSLC) for up to one year to provide enhanced coordination for the following activities to ensure essential supports are identified and received:
• Transition or Diversion Planning;
• Coordination with the Relocation Specialist and Managed Care Organization (MCO);
• Pre-Move Site Reviews; and
• Post-Move Monitoring
Continuity of Care: Enrollment
Enrollments into General Revenue (GR) Community First Choice (CFC), Home and Community Services (HCS), Texas Home Living (TxHmL), and PASRR programs are completed by LIDDA staff. Additionally, staff are responsible for facilitating enrollments into State Supported Living Centers (SSLC) and for providing information about Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) 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 HCS Medicaid Waiver program who are transitioning from a Nursing Facility at their preference.
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. To be eligible for Service Coordination, an individual must be a member of the priority population and meet at least one of the following criteria and have a Service Coordination Assessment completed by the LIDDA:
• have two or more documented needs that require services and supports other than Service Coordination and not reside in an institution;
• in the process of enrolling in the Intermediate Care Facility (ICF/IID) program;
• in the process of enrolling in the Home & Community Based Services (HCS) or Texas Home Living programs;
• in the process of enrolling in CFC services provided through a Managed Care Organization (MCO);
• be 21 years of age or older with an ICF/IID level of care and receiving CFC services through a MCO;
• be seeking admission to a State Supported Living Center (SSLC);
• transitioning from an ICF/IID or from a Nursing Facility to community-based services;
• transitioning from a state Mental Health facility to community-based services; or
• be a Nursing Facility resident who is eligible for specialized services for an Intellectual Disability or a Related Condition.
Pre-Admission Screening & Resident Review (PASRR)
PASRR is a federal requirement as documented in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42, Part 483, Subpart C. PASRR is a process to identify people with a mental illness (MI), intellectual disability (ID), or developmental disability (DD), which is also known as a related condition (RC), who apply to, or reside in, a Medicaid-certified nursing facility (NF) to ensure the appropriateness of Nursing Facility admission. PASRR is also intended to ensure that people with MI, ID or DD are receiving all the necessary specialized services.
In Texas, local intellectual and developmental disability authorities (LIDDAs), local mental health authorities (LMHAs) and local behavioral health authorities (LBHAs) play key roles in the PASRR process. All individuals seeking entry into a Nursing Facility must have PASRR Level 1 (PL1) screening before admission. PASRR is a federally mandated program that is applied to all individuals seeking admission to a Medicaid-certified Nursing Facility, regardless of funding source.
PASRR must be administered to identify:
• individuals who have a mental illness, an intellectual disability or a developmental disability (also known as related conditions),
• the appropriateness of placement in the nursing facility, and
• the eligibility for specialized services.
The PL1 is completed for every individual seeking admission to a Medicaid certified nursing facility regardless of their funding source or diagnosis.
• If the screening is positive — meaning the individual is suspected of having a mental illness, an intellectual disability or a developmental disability — the Local Authority will complete and submit a PE within 7 to 14 days, depending on the type of admission and length of stay.
• If the screening is negative — meaning the individual is not suspected of having a mental illness, an intellectual disability or a developmental disability — the Nursing Facility enters the PL1 into the Texas Medicaid Healthcare Partnership Long-term Care (LTC) Online portal, and the PASRR process ends for that individual.
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. LIDDA staff complete transfers to and from the local service area once enrolled into the Home & Community Based Services (HCS) Waiver and Texas Home Living Waiver programs.
More information and a directory for 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
HCS group home vacancy search at the HHSC link: https://apps.hhs.texas.gov/providers/HCS/search/
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.
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.
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 Travel Center, located at 306 Scott Ave in Wichita Falls, TX 76301. Basic Training will also be held at the Travel Center 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