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Metrocare has been caring for people for 50 years.

1.9 million Texans live with a serious and persistent mental illness

6.4 million Texans have a mental illness and would benefit from treatment

Last year, nearly 50,000 adults received services from Metrocare

Last year, 15,000 children received care from Metrocare

70% to 80% of parents with a child with autism will get divorced

40% of children with autism do not talk at all

Autism impacts more children than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes, Down syndrome, and cystic fibrosis combined

Early diagnosis and intervention of an individual with autism can reduce the lifetime support costs by 66%


Star Local Media, May 17, 2019; "Metrocare Services raises mental health awareness"

NBC 5, Feb. 13, 2019; "Mental Health, Suicide Remain a Problem in Law Enforcement"

Dallas Morning News, Jan 25, 2019; "Volunteerrs scour Dallas to count homeless, who see themselves as 'normal people that just messed up'"

Dallas Morning News, Oct. 10, 2018; "Mayor Mike Rawlings, others hail opening of new $6M homeless facility in northwest Dallas"

NBC 5, Oct. 3, 2018; "Meal for the Minds"

NBC 5, June 6, 2018; "Doctor Discusses Mental Health After Kate Spade's Death"

WFAA, May 22, 2018; "Woman with bone disease uses equine therapy to bounce back from obstacles"

WFAA, May 15, 2018; "Equine Therapy: Therapeutic interactions with horses"

WFAA, May 8, 2018; "Horse therapy helps Spina Bifida patients"

WFAA, May 1, 2018; "Horseback riding therapy for autism"

D Healthcare Daily, Jan. 28, 2018; "Equine Therapy Program Helps Military Vets Transition to Civilian Life"

NBC 5, Dec. 22, 2017; "Mother Jailed for Injuring Child Describes Munchausen Syndrome"

Dallas Medical Journal, December 2017; “Hurricane Harvey: The medical community’s response”

Mesquite News, Nov. 23, 2017; "Home Sweet Home, the Journey of a Homeless Man"

KERA, Nov. 7, 2017; "Recovering from Tragedy Takes Time and Self-Care, Crisis Expert Says"

NBC 5, Nov. 6, 2017; "Mental Health Takes Spotlight After Church Shootings"

EHR Intelligence, Oct. 24, 2017; "The Importance of Efficient EHR Use in Behavioral Healthcare"

Dallas Morning News, Oct. 19, 2017; "The Health Care Southern Dallas Desperately Needs is on the Way"

WNYC, Oct. 9, 2017; "For Survivors of Mass Shootings, A Complex Road to Recovery"

Washington Post, Oct. 6, 2017; "Here's What Life is Like After You Survive a Mass Shooting"

NBC5, Oct. 5, 2017; "Talking About Mental Health"

NBC5, Sept. 27, 2017; "Metrocare CEO Talks 'Meals for Minds' Luncheon"

Sept. 19, 2017; "Meal for the Minds to Feature Keynote Speaker Emmitt Smith"

Business Wire, Sept. 12, 2017; "Metrocare Partners with Netsmart to Push Boundaries of Technology Enablement in Behavioral Health"

NBC5, Aug. 30, 2017; "Mental Health Experts Helping Harvey Victims Cope"

MySweetCharity, August 14, 2017; "MySweetCharity Opportunity: Meal for the Minds Luncheon"

KLIF, July 27, 2017; "Growth of Cohen Veteran Network"

FOX News, July 18, 2017; "U.S. veterans offered free mental health care through burgeoning nonprofit"

FOX News, July 17, 2017; "Cohen Veterans Network offering free clinics to veterans"

NPR, July 11, 2017; "In Texas, people with mental illness are finding work helping peers"

The Dallas Morning News, July 5, 2017; "Ambush anniversary may bring stress for those who were close to shootings, but help is available" 

KERA, May 24, 2017; "Mental illness as an asset: In Texas, former patients find work helping peers"

May 24, 2017; "3,000 Butterfly Releases for Mental Health Awareness"

CIO Review, May 23, 2017; "Be Prudent, Not Fearful"

D Magazine, May 15, 2017; "Early Childhood Intervention providers are still standing"

The Dallas Morning News, May 9, 2017; "Is the 21st Century Cures Act bad for your health?

Texas Tribune, April 5, 2017; "Expedited licensing will help bring qualified psychiatrists to Texas"

KERA, March 22, 2017; "This North Texas judge is taking his veterans court on the road"

The Dallas Morning News, Dec. 9, 2016; "Helping families and friends through the critical time after suicide"

NBC 5, Dec. 9, 2016; "Metrocare Services provides mental health help"

NBC5, Dec. 7, 2016; "Help for Dallas' homeless goes mobile"

NBC5, Dec. 6, 2016; "Bush Institute connects veterans to resources"

USA Today, Dec. 1, 2016; "Free clinics aim to fill VA's shortfalls in mental health"

WFAA 8, Nov. 13, 2016; "North Texas organizations, veterans fighting to reduce military suicides"

The Dallas Morning News, Nov. 12, 2016; "Trauma of Dallas police shootings still affecting people months later"

KLIF Radio, Sept. 29, 2016; "Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts"

Preston Hollow People, Sept. 22, 2016; "Cottages at Hickory Crossing to house 50 of Dallas' most chronically homeless"

D Healthcare Daily, Sept. 15, 2016; "Dallas data startup Pieces lands partnership with Metrocare Services"

Sept. 13, 2016; "Metrocare Services and Pieces Technologies partner on solution for improved physical and behavioral health care"

CBS 11, Sept. 8, 2016; "Homelessness ends with a home - Hickory Crossing opens"

The Dallas Weekly, Sept. 7, 2016; "The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, the first of its kind housing community, opens to provide 50 small homes to Dallas' most chronically homeless"

MySweetCharity, Aug. 29, 2016; "MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2016 Meal for the Minds"

Dallas Business Journal, Aug. 19, 2016; "Mental health assistance helps veterans march into business world"

KERA News, Aug. 17, 2016; "After shooting, Dallas police seek to stop 'tough-guy' mentality and push counseling"

Dallas Business Journal, August 9, 2016; "Veterans, families get free mental health care at new Addison clinic"

The Dallas Morning News, July 22, 2016; "Hundreds caught in Dallas crossfire could face trauma's long-term effects"

The Dallas Morning News, July 12, 2016; "After Dallas ambush, how to cope with tragedy"

The Dallas Morning News, July 11, 2016; "Mental health services available after trauma - even for those who can't pay"

NBC5, July 11, 2016; "Mental health support for fallen officer's families"

The Dallas Morning News, July 9, 2016; "Healing after trauma: What to expect as Dallas goes through grieving process"

CBS 11, July 9, 2016; "Doctor gives advice for coping with tragedy"

CBS 11, July 9, 2016; "Doctor gives advice for telling kids about Dallas ambush"

WBAP, July 7, 2016; "VA: 20 veterans a day commit suicide"

Dallas Business Journal, June 24, 2016; "Metrocare Services CEO talks mental illness in the workplace, what's next for treatment"

KERA News, June 22, 2016; “New Mental Health Clinic Aims To Help Veterans Struggling With Coming Home”

KERA “Think” program, June 21, 2016; “Homelessness in Dallas”

WBAP, June 8, 2016; "Clinic opens in Addision to help transitioning veterans and family members"

CBS 11, June 8, 2016; "Newly-opened military clinic helps North Texas veterans"

KERA News, June 8, 2016; "New mental health clinic gives veterans free care"

The Dallas Morning News, June 8, 2016; "New Dallas area mental health clinic offers free counseling for veterans and and their families"

NBC 5, June 8, 2016; "Free veterans clinic is first of its kind in DFW"

June 8, 2016; North Texas mental health clinic opens today, offering free treatment to military veterans and families

KERA News, June 1, 2016; "Homeless people face age-related health issues earlier in life, study finds"

NBC 5, April 28, 2016; "Metrocare partnered with a group called Wilderness Inquiry to offer care for clients with intellectual or developmental challenges."

The Dallas Morning News, April 20, 2016; "Bipolar disorder led Dallas man to wilderness, but now he's out of the woods, off the streets"

NBC 5, April, 18, 2016; "Centers seek to serve low-income autism patients"

iHeartRadio Interview with Metrocare CEO Dr. John Burruss, March 6, 2016

The Dallas Morning News, Jan. 25, 2016; "Tornadoes' aftermath puts some at risk for PTSD"

The Dallas Morning News, Jan. 22, 2016; "With more volunteers counting homeless, advocates expect numbers to rise in Dallas"

Metrocare luncheon provides a window in the minds of those with bipolar disorder, Oct. 5, 2015

iHeartRadio Interview with Metrocare CEO Dr. John Burruss discussing mental health in teens, September 30, 2015


Dallas County System of Care held kick off event, June 15, 2015

Microsoft interviews IT Director, Dave Hennessey, about Metrocare's integration of Office 365, May 29, 2015

Metrocare Services announces opening of new mental health clinic in Addison, March 26, 2015

Lifenet Texas becomes part of Metrocare Services, January 29, 2015

Luncheon provides a window into the lives of those with autism, September 26, 2014

The Dallas Morning News, May 30, 2014; "Theater gives student with autism a social outlet"

Metrocare Services announces Dr. John Burruss as new CEO, March 2013

Meal for the Minds, September 19, 2012
Annual fundraising luncheon focuses on developmental disabilities.  This year's keynote speaker will discuss having children with autism.

Click here for full press release.

Meal for the Minds, September 14, 2011
Annual fundraising luncheon focuses on young adult suicide prevention. Raising awareness & funding for community mental health services.

Click here for full press release.

Introducing the Center for Education and Research at Metrocare
Click here for the Dallas Morning News article from June 3, 2011
Click here for the CER website

How state budget cuts will impact Metrocare clients.
Click here to listen to a story by Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Asperger's Author Speaks at Benefit Luncheon
"Raising Awareness & Funding for Community Health Services."  Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Dallas cottage project to help chronically homeless" Dallas Morning News, Sunday, April 4, 2010

"SHOP FOR A CAUSE AT NORTHPARK'S CHICO'S; Dallas Nonprofit, Metrocare Services, To Receive 10% of Chico's Sales on April 20th"  April 2010

"Metrocare Extends Behavioral Health Care to Homeless with Family Place & Dallas LIFE"  February 2010

Marshmallows, Metacognition and Mental Illness - Leading author speaks at Dallas nonprofit fundraising luncheon - "Meal for the Minds"  September 2009

"In Spite of the Economy, Company Shares Profits. Brooks Brothers Gives 10% of Profits to Help Children with Disabilities." June 2009

State Representative Rafeal Anchia delivers a PSA about Metrocare Services. English version)

(Spanish Version)

October 2009

"Mental Health Coverage Key" by Dr. James Baker, CEO, Metrocare Services
The Dallas Morning News, October 24, 2009

September 2009

"'Meal for the Minds' Lunch to benefit Metrocare Services" by Robert Miller, Dallas Morning News
Friday, September 18, 2009

April 2008

Metrocare Services of Dallas has been honored by The Compassionate Friends as a recipient of the 2008 Compassionate Employer Recognition.

Pictured from left to right: Perry Shaffer (Bass Pro Assistant Store Manager), John Luna (Metrocare Services Community Relations), Larry Ladnier (Bass Pro Fishing Manager)

Pictured from left to right: Perry Shaffer (Bass Pro Assistant Store Manager), John Luna (Metrocare Services Community Relations), Larry Ladnier (Bass Pro Fishing Manager)

A big "Thank You" to the Bass Pro Shop of Garland, Texas for making a difference in the lives of 25 youth in Metrocare's Therapeutic Foster Care program. With the donation of almost $1,000 from the store's wishing pond, Bass Pro duffle bags were purchased for each of the 25 oldest youth in the program. The bags were embroidered with each adolescent's name courtesy of EmbroidME-Dallas. The youth now have personalized bags for their belongings - something to call their own! Thank you to Mr. Ladnier for remembering Metrocare Services for the donation and to Bass Pro for being a supportive community partner. We are so grateful!

This article was in Texas State Senator John Carona's October 2, 2007 Email Update.

This month’s focus is on Dallas Metrocare, a non-profit entity that is a key provider of mental health and mental retardation services for Dallas County. Dallas Metrocare was established in 1967 as the Dallas County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority and is governed by a nine-member board of trustees appointed by the Dallas County Commissioners Court. Metrocare receives the bulk of its funding through fees for its services; it also receives funds from the county, various grants, and donations from the community.

Metrocare offers a wide range of services with the goal of helping people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and severe emotional problems lead healthy and fulfilling lives. The non-profit currently serves over 23,000 people a year and offers treatment, rehabilitation and other programs. Among these programs are Supported Housing, which provides an array of services including homeless outreach, homeless clinics, short-term transitional housing, rehabilitative support services, and housing placement assistance for adults 18 and older who are mentally ill. The Supported Employment program, which offers career design and development services for adults with mental retardation, provides employers with valuable well-trained employees and provides these individuals the opportunity to support themselves and become integrated into the community.

Metrocare also has mobile crisis teams, which go out to the community in case there is a behavioral problem related to mental illness or mental retardation. These teams also assist law enforcement and can intervene in situations in which the individual may otherwise be arrested absent such intervention. Additionally, the non-profit offers intensive monitoring, treatment, and rehabilitative training for serious mentally ill adults with a history of multiple hospitalizations.

Metrocare offers services geared towards children and adolescents and their families with severe emotional and social problems. Based on a "wrap around" model, Child & Adolescent Services provides programs in homes, schools, and day care centers involving the people and supports already available in the child's life in order to create an integrated treatment program and better-functioning families.
As the mental retardation authority for Dallas County, Metrocare is also responsible for screening, evaluating and diagnosing individuals. These individuals can either receive services through one of many providers throughout the area or directly through Metrocare.

Metrocare has five locations throughout the Dallas area with bilingual and bicultural staff available at each location. Those looking to access their services can contact them at 214-333-7000 or 214-743-1200. Metrocare accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, and also has a sliding scale for those who do not have insurance.


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