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Adult Mental Health Services

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Brazoria County Mental Health Clinic

Admission Criteria

Those who meet the criteria of Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) with Axis I diagnosis of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or Global Assessment of Functioning scale score of less than 50.

A Brief Description

Adhering to the Resiliency and Disease Management statewide initiative, this program offers medication related services including prescription medication management, administration, training and support services as well as ongoing medication monitoring.

For Information

Call 1-800-643-0967

STAR+PLUS PROGRAM EXPANSION

REMINDER - With the expansion of STAR+PLUS effective February 1, 2007, providers of long-term services and support contracting as a network provider for STAR+PLUS services should contact the HMO with questions and issues about the program. If you are unsure of which HMO your provider contracts with, a call to your agency management staff may be of help. It is not appropriate for providers to contact Texas Medicaid and Health Partnership (TMHP) with billing questions and/or issues about an HMO.

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Brazoria County Individual Rehabilitation Services

Admission Criteria

  • Meet priority population as defined by Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS); and
  • Eligibility determined by Uniform Assessment scores completed at intake or by the case manager.

A Brief Description

This program offers services provided by professional (Rehabilitation Specialist) and para-professional (Rehabilitation Technician) mental health staff. Services are provided to an individual to facilitate the maximum reduction of disability and restoration of the individual to their best possible level of functioning.

Services include: symptom management, acquiring the skills to cope with the demands of the environment, strengthening social support networks and tending to essential tasks needed to improve self-sufficiency. The services are tailored to the individual and address the individual’s specific strengths, needs, and self-stated life goals.

Services are provided in the community and in locations that best meet the individual’s needs. Services are provided in the form of individual and small groups. The effectiveness of these services is measured by the reduction of psychiatric symptoms and need for hospitalization, increased effectiveness in the community, and increased satisfaction with life. 

STAR+PLUS PROGRAM EXPANSION

REMINDER - With the expansion of STAR+PLUS effective February 1, 2007, providers of long-term services and support contracting as a network provider for STAR+PLUS services should contact the HMO with questions and issues about the program. If you are unsure of which HMO your provider contracts with, a call to your agency management staff may be of help. It is not appropriate for providers to contact  Texas Medicaid and Health Partnership (TMHP) with billing questions and/or issues about an HMO.

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Galveston County Mental Health Clinic

Admission Criteria

Those who meet the priority population criteria of Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) with Axis I diagnosis of major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or Global Assessment of Functioning scale score of less than 50.

A Brief Description

Adhering to the Resiliency and Disease Management statewide initiative, this program offers medication related services including prescription medicine management and administration, medication training and support services as well as ongoing medication monitoring.

For Information

Call 1-800-643-0967

STAR+PLUS PROGRAM EXPANSION

REMINDER - With the expansion of STAR+PLUS effective February 1, 2007, providers of long-term services and support contracting as a network provider for STAR+PLUS services should contact the HMO with questions and issues about the program. If you are unsure of which HMO your provider contracts with, a call to your agency management staff may be of help. It is not appropriate for providers to contact Texas Medicaid and Health Partnership (TMHP) with billing questions and/or issues about an HMO.

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Galveston County Individual Rehabilitation Services

Admission Criteria

  • Meet priority population as defined by Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS); and
  • Eligibility determined by Uniform Assessment scores completed at intake or by the case manager.

A Brief Description

This program offers services provided by professional (Rehabilitation Specialist) and para-professional (Rehabilitation Technician) mental health staff. Services are provided to an individual to facilitate the maximum reduction of disability and restoration of the individual to their best possible level of functioning.

Services include: symptom management, acquiring the skills to cope with the demands of the environment, strengthening social support networks and tending to essential tasks needed to improve self-sufficiency. The services are tailored to the individual and address the individual’s specific strengths, needs, and self-stated life goals.

Services are provided in the community and in locations that best meet the individual’s needs. Services are provided in the form of individual and small groups. The effectiveness of these services is measured by the reduction of psychiatric symptoms and need for hospitalization, increased effectiveness in the community, and increased satisfaction with life.

STAR+PLUS PROGRAM EXPANSION

REMINDER - With the expansion of STAR+PLUS effective February 1, 2007, providers of long-term services and support contracting as a network provider for STAR+PLUS services should contact the HMO with questions and issues about the program. If you are unsure of which HMO your provider contracts with, a call to your agency management staff may be of help. It is not appropriate for providers to contact Texas Medicaid and Health Partnership (TMHP) with billing questions and/or issues about an HMO.

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Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH)A homeless man in a sleeping bag.

Admission Criteria

  • Age 18 or over
  • Resident of Galveston or Brazoria County
  • Homeless at point of contact
  • Diagnosis of chronic, persistent major mental illness; also may have co-occurring severe, long-term substance abuse disorders

A Brief Description

PATH provides one-time assistance for security deposits, one-time rental payments, and housing start-up expenses. Program components include street outreach, screening, assessment, rehabilitative skills training, case management, referrals, and housing. Staff provide services that increase participants’ mental stability, improve their health, support their abstinence from alcohol and drug use, and help them locate safe and affordable housing. PATH provides crucial mental health and substance abuse interventions that support recovery. Program staff will meet with individuals on the streets, at the Gulf Coast Center’s Galveston office, or at the shelters where the individuals initially sought help. Following the first contact, PATH case managers will continue to meet with participants at the shelter, on the streets, or in arranged housing, developing a treatment plan with realistic goals and objectives.

PATH consumers who need longer term housing or more intensive rehabilitation may be referred to Transitional or Permanent Supportive Housing.

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Transitional Housing Program

Admission Criteria

  • Age 18 or over
  • Resident of Galveston or Brazoria County
  • History of chronic homelessness
  • Diagnosis of chronic, persistent major mental illness of two or more years in duration; also may have co-occurring severe, long-term substance abuse disorders

A Brief Description

The Gulf Coast Center’s 12-bed Transitional Housing program serves homeless persons with mental illness or co-occurring disorders exclusively—and it is the only transitional housing provider in Galveston and Brazoria counties that does so. Transitional Housing clients enter the program from the Center’s PATH program or from other agencies’ staff (hospitals, jails, substance abuse treatment facilities, and shelters). An essential component after emergency shelter, Transitional Housing provides the second phase of housing for homeless individuals whose mental disabilities demand not only long-term treatment but also rehabilitation. Sheltered safely in two group homes in Galveston with 24-hour supervision, Transitional Housing clients receive the treatment and supportive services that they require to help them regain and sustain mental stability. Case managers and rehabilitation technicians either arrange or provide mental health and substance abuse monitoring, psychotropic medication monitoring, rehabilitative skills training, medical care, job training, and education. Also, through the Center’s clinics, clients enroll in all mainstream benefits programs for which they are eligible. Participation in Transitional Housing is limited to two years.

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Permanent Supportive Housing

Admission Criteria

  • Age 18 or over
  • Resident of Galveston or Brazoria County
  • History of chronic homelessness
  • Diagnosis of chronic, persistent major mental illness; also may have co-occurring severe, long-term substance abuse disorders

A Brief Description

Permanent Supportive Housing, the third step in housing services for persons with mental illness who are homeless, provides safe, affordable housing in individual apartments. Permanent Supportive Housing consumers may enter the program from the PATH program or Transitional Housing. Permanent Supportive Housing clients are those who can live without the degree of supervision that Transitional Housing consumers require. These individuals are stabilized on medication, not actively using alcohol or drugs, and are trained in daily living skills; some have acquired an income (usually from mainstream benefits programs). A Case Manager and Case Aides help participants locate safe, affordable, and suitable apartments in accessible complexes, provide rehabilitative skills training, accompany clients to appointments with physicians and psychiatrists, take clients grocery shopping, and monitor their apartments to ensure safe, sanitary living conditions. These staff also help participants access supportive services that build self-sufficiency: independent living skills; vocational and employment training; education; symptom management; socialization; and help acquiring mainstream benefits to increase their incomes. The Center has implemented three Permanent Supportive Housing programs in the service area, each of which serves 15 persons. Participation in this phase of housing is not time-limited.

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Mental Health First Aid for Galveston and Brazoria Counties

 

The Gulf Coast Center is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program.  The Center will train teachers, school nurses and counselors, military veterans, and members of the public to improve mental health literacy – helping them to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. 

A Brief Description

Mental First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual.  The certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and gives an overview of common treatments. The Gulf Coast Center currently has trainings scheduled for educators in Galveston ISD and Hitchcock ISD.

Mental Health First Aid originated in 2001 in Australia and has been replicated in over twenty states and in over twenty countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, Scotland, England, Canada, Finland, and Singapore.

For more information or to participate in a Mental Health First Aid training, call Pat Wareing  at  409-763-2373 or visit the Gulf Coast Center website  www.gulfcoastcenter.org or the national website www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org

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Community Mental Health, Intellectual & Developmental Disability and Recovery Services Center for Galveston and Brazoria Counties
Administrative Office • 123 Rosenberg, Suite 6 • Galveston, Texas 77550
409.763.2373 • 281.488.2839 • Fax 409.763.5538

24-Hour Crisis Hotline • 866-729-3848

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