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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%

Behavioral and Psychiatric

Address

Behavioral and Psychiatric Services
1340 River Bend Drive
Dallas, Texas 75247
Phone: (214) 743-6188

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Services

Individuals with dual diagnoses (both a developmental disability and a mental illness) often require specialized support. Behavioral and Psychiatric Services (BPS) provides this through Outpatient, Behavioral and Crisis Services. Accurate evaluation and on-going support from psychiatric and behavioral interventions minimize the loss of community or vocational placements and subsequently the need for re-hospitalization. BPS is designed to provide services and support to people who have mental retardation and mental illness or severe behavioral challenges, so that they may be successful living and working in the community.

Populations Served

Dually diagnosed, mental retardation and mental illness and/or severe behavior disorders.

Admission Criteria

Resident of Dallas County, at least three years of age, diagnosis of mental retardation or Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, and mental illness and/or behavior disorder that impairs daily functioning and places the individual's community placement at risk.

Core Services and Program Activities

Individuals with dual diagnoses are referred by Service Coordination from all areas of the MRA system and community agencies. Upon referral, the individual is assessed to determine the primary areas of need. If psychiatric care is indicated, an initial evaluation is scheduled with the psychiatrist and appropriate team members. Follow-up appointments are scheduled according to individual need and medication stability. If behavioral intervention is indicated, a formal functional analysis of the behavior is completed in the consumer's natural environment, and behavioral recommendations are made. Behavior Specialists and field clinicians train families or primary care givers to carry out the intervention or training in the home, work, or school setting.

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