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Mental Health Resources in Texas


Updated December 06, 2003

State Mental Health Agency
For more information about admission, care, treatment, release, and patient follow-up in public or private psychiatric residential facilities, contact your State mental health agency:

Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
P.O. Box 12668
Austin, TX 78711-2668
Phone: 512-206-4588
Fax: 512-206-4560
E-mail: karen.hale@mhmr.state.tx.us
Internet: www.mhmr.state.tx.us

Address for United Parcel Service and Federal Express delivery:
909 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78756

State Protection and Advocacy Agency
Each State has a protection and advocacy agency that receives funding from the Federal Center for Mental Health Services. Agencies are mandated to protect and advocate for the rights of people with mental illnesses and to investigate reports of abuse and neglect in facilities that care for or treat individuals with mental illnesses. These facilities, which may be public or private, include hospitals, nursing homes, community facilities, board and care homes, homeless shelters, jails, and prisons. Agencies provide advocacy services or conduct investigations to address issues that arise during transportation or admission to such facilities, during residency in them, or within 90 days after discharge from them. Contact:

Advocacy, Inc.
7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 171-E
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: 512-454-4816
Fax: 512-323-0902
Toll-free: 800-252-9108 (Statewide)
Internet: www.advocacyinc.org

Family Support
The Center for Mental Health Services awards grants to statewide, family-run networks to provide support and information to families of children and adolescents with serious emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders. For more information, contact:

Texas Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
c/o Texas Mental Health Consumers
7701 North Lamar Boulevard, Suite 500
Austin, TX 78752
Phone: 512-451-3191
Fax: 512-451-8302
Toll-free: 800-860-6057
Internet: www.tmhc.org

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, investigates some complaints about treatment facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. For further information at the national level, contact:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
Phone: 410-786-3000
E-mail: webmaster@hcfa.gov
Internet: www.hcfa.gov

You may also share your concerns with staff at the Health Care Financing Administration office in your area, which is Region 6. The regional office address and telephone number are:

Dallas Regional Office
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
1301 Young Street, Suite 833
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214-767-6401
Fax: 214-767-0323
Internet: www.hcfa.gov

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