Mental Health and Disability Innovation Center at Hillside

Hillside Campaign Overview

Demand for mental health services has reached unprecedented levels. Metrocare is seeing more adults and children than ever before in our half-century history. As the largest provider of behavioral health services in Dallas County, we provide same-day access to psychiatric care regardless of ability to pay. Across all programs, Metrocare served 51,031 children and adults last year with 2,758 clinical encounters each day. There is a well-researched link between our physiology, our emotional state, and the physical surroundings we find ourselves in. These concerns were at the forefront when imagining Metrocare’s new Mental Health and Disability Innovation Center at its Hillside Campus, which will intentionally include bright, open spaces for clinical services, outdoor therapy areas for children, a tranquility garden, an outdoor terrace, and abundant nature views for clients and staff from two new buildings.

The 45,000-sq.-ft. Mental Health Clinic will serve as the centerpiece of the new campus where children, adults, families, veterans, and those with disabilities will receive integrated, evidence-based care.

Currently relocated due to construction, the youth mental health clinic that will be housed on the new campus is one of the busiest child and adolescent clinics in Dallas, where approximately 120 kids receive care daily. The 98,000-sq.-ft. Client Services Building, adjacent to the Clinic, will integrate Metrocare’s extensive countywide operations, including training and research. The entire campus expands capacity to serve by 23%, which means roughly 13,000 more people can receive services annually – 5,000 of those being children.

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These new state-of-the-art facilities will play an essential role in further dismantling the stigma and shame historically associated with public mental health care in the injustice of passing off marginal facilities as adequate. Sadly, this has all too often been the case in the history of behavioral and intellectual disability care for disadvantaged populations, who have been told to “make do with what you get.”

Ultimately, the new campus will deliberately offer our community a dignified place that fosters healing, a place that reflects Dallas as a national leader, and a place you would want to send your family member struggling with mental illness or a disability.

Project Funding

Full realization of the ambitious Hillside Campus would not be possible without the generous philanthropy of the Dallas community. Inflationary pressures have driven the cost of the project from an initially projected $65 million to over $96 million, and our original philanthropic goal has increased accordingly. This project is a shining example of how partnerships are critical to service delivery. In addition to extensive collaboration with Parkland Health to enhance the health of shared patients, Parkland has also partnered with Metrocare to help fund a substantial portion of the Hillside project in a mutually beneficial lease-to-own financing arrangement. Dallas County ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funding will also help address the increased costs. Once complete, Metrocare will be able to sustain the new campus through core operations.

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Support the Hillside Campaign

To donate or get involved, or to schedule a tour of the Hillside Campus, please contact:
Chief Philanthropy & Diversity Officer Tameka Cass at (214) 743-1220 or

Capital Campaign Cabinet

Lindsay Billingsley
Lynn McBee
Whitney Wallace-Meyer
Collen Meyer
Mark Melton
Gunnar Rawlings
Roslyn Dawson Thompson
Shan Zaidi

Hillside Funders

Addy Foundation
The Aileen & Jack Pratt Foundation
Roberto & Jennifer Avendano
Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Kenneth Bernstein & Barbara Clay
Bette Rathjen Foundation for Emotional Health
Dr. Bob & Jean Smith Foundation
Stacy Cantú
Clara Miller Estate
Clara J. Miller Trust Fund
Clay Jenkins Family Foundation
The Constantin Foundation
Corder and Waller Consulting, LLC
Crowley-Carter Foundation
The Crystal Charity Ball
CTL Aero Solutions
Israel Denis
Ernst & Young Foundation
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Anthony Farmer
Adela Garza
Dalia Salinas Gutierrez
Hamon Charitable Foundation
Hattie Mae Lesley Foundation
The Hillcrest Foundation Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee
The Hoblitzelle Foundation
Dave Hogan
Elizabeth & Todd Howard
Terry A. James
Katherine Carmody Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Kennington Family Philanthropic Fund at The Dallas Foundation
Hon. Martin Lowy
The Lyda Hill Foundation
Mark Foundation
Jill Martinez
McDonnough Family Fund at The Dallas Foundation
The Meadows Foundation
The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation
PKW Donor Advised Fund at The Dallas Foundation
The Rees-Jones Foundation
Vickie Rice
Deedie Rose
Roy & Christine Sturgis Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
Sam and Laura Yang Family Foundation
Noel Santini, M.D.
Linda & Leslie H. Secrest, M.D.
The Simmons Sisters Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation
Solender/Hall, Inc.
Stonegate Pharmacy
Texas Bar Foundation
The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation, Inc.
UMB Bank
UMB Bank Philanthropic Fund
William T. and Gay F. Solomon Advised Fund at The Dallas Foundation

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