Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs

Mental Health Services in the Border Region

05/04/2016 | Published by: Sharon Brown

Border Region Behavioral Health Center  has services for people who live in the counties of Webb, Jim Hogg, Starr, or Zapata.

This center is a nonprofit contract agency of the state of Texas that offers low-cost and no-cost services to help your child who has a mental health diagnosis. Available services depend on your child’s diagnosis and eligibility to receive services. The center also has a 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-643-1102.

The Center’s “Children, Adolescent, and Parental Services” program (CAPS) helps children ages 3-17 who have a mental illness. CAPS assists those who have been in trouble at school, with the law or who may need hospital services. CAPS uses a sliding fee scale to determine what you can pay. If you cannot pay anything, you can still get services.

To apply for CAPS, you will need:

  • Your child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s social security card
  • Proof of family income and Medicaid or private insurance card

You and your child will benefit from CAPS services – including doctor referrals, counseling, jail rehab, mobile crisis team, medicine, and support groups. 

Another important program at the Center––known as the Intellectual & Developmental Disability (IDD) program––helps people over 18 who have an intellectual or developmental disability, pervasive developmental disorder, autism, or related conditions.

Like CAPS, you must apply to be a part of the Center’s IDD program. But once you are, they offer respite care, nursing care, day rehab, and community support.

If you are a resident in one of the counties – Webb, Jim Hogg, Starr, or Zapata – that the Behavioral Health Center services, it is a large, supportive organization you should look into.

Having support for you and your child with a disability is a very important part of this journey.

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