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Metrocare has been caring for people for over 40 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%

Developmental Disabilities Assertive Community Team (DD-ACT)

Program Description

(DD-ACT) will be on-call to travel to acute care facilities, jails, or schools to help assess and stabilize consumers. The DD-ACT team will also provide intensive community-based services to those consumers to ensure the destructive pattern that led to the need for acute services is eliminated or significantly reduced.

Program Goals

The goal of the DD-ACT is to decrease potential readmission to psychiatric facilities and correctional facilities and to stabilize the individual within the home and community setting. Staff will provide behavioral services to increase individual, family, and community safety and to address needs that will keep the individual in the home and community.

Target Population

The target population includes indigent patients or those insured by Medicaid that have a developmental disability and are in need of intensive intervention due to consistent demonstration of alarming behaviors that result in hospitalization or arrest.

Referrals

To be fully enrolled in the DD-ACT program, consumers must be eligible for Developmental Disability services through the Eligibility and Determination Unit (EDU). However, if a consumer is in crisis, DD-ACT staff can be available to travel to acute care facilities, correctional facilities, homes, or schools to help assess and stabilize the consumer initially. The DD-ACT staff will then assist with verifying the consumer is enrolled with Metrocare Services. For consumers that are not yet enrolled with Metrocare, the staff will refer potential consumers to EDU and provide on-going support through that process. If the consumer is already enrolled through Metrocare, the staff will assist by making contact with the assigned Service Coordinator to ensure that supports are in place to provide services to the consumer.

Services

  • On-call crisis intervention
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Individualized behavioral treatment planning
  • Skills training/rehabilitative counseling
  • Family/caregiver training

Contact

Program Manager

Aliya Sheriff, Psy.D
Phone: 214.743.6126 | Fax: 214.905.924

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