Texana breaks ground on new facility
Texana Center broke ground last week on a new facility that will be home to the Intellectual & Developmental Disability (IDD) Crisis Stabilization Program.
There are an increasing number of patients with a diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disability (i.e., autism, pervasive developmental disorder or mental retardation) who have a co-occurring serious and persistent mental illness and/or a history of challenging and harmful behaviors.
When a behavioral crisis occurs, this complex behavioral health population typically seeks crisis intervention services through the emergency room, psychiatric inpatient system or law enforcement. In these cases, a frequent long term solution is admission to a State Supported Living Center.
Patients with IDD who have a co-occurring serious persistent mental illness and challenging behavior enter into a cycle of crisis driven care: the patient receives long term supports from a designated in-home caregiver who is unable to manage challenging behaviors; the behaviors result in an acute crisis; the treatment for the crisis is hospitalization or out of home institutional care, which does not involve the caregiver in the treatment plan; the crisis resolves and the patient returns home to the caregiver who still lacks competencies for managing the behaviors. Often the challenging behaviors reoccur and result in an acute crisis; the cycle repeats, and this complex population becomes a frequent user of local public health systems.
The crisis behavioral health care team will respond to acute crisis and will design, implement, and monitor individualized treatment plans for individuals admitted to the program.
Texana Center selected Bass Construction to build the facility for people with IDD who are in crisis with a goal of avoiding placement in the more costly setting of; state supported living centers, emergency rooms, state mental hospitals or county jails. The 4,500 square foot building designed by Albarran Architects LLC will be a four bed respite facility, equipped with two clinical treatment rooms, and offices for therapeutic staff including Behavior Analysts.
The new location will provide on-going supports to clients and their caregivers to avert crisis and establish stable living environments. The facility will be constructed on the West Campus’ undeveloped property which is owned by Texana Center and is expected to be complete before the end of the year.
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