Austin, TX. – To better serve the mental health needs for children and youth in Dallas and rural southern Texas, Texas System of Care is launching a local care program in partnership with Metrocare Services and Coastal Plains Community Center (CPCC). With the Texas System of Care partnership, CPCC and Metrocare Services will have increased capacity to build partnerships among child and youth-serving systems to improve outcomes for children and youth and families with mental health needs within their communities.

“Through a competitive Request for Proposals, we carefully considered the benefits of each community that applied,” said Sherri Hammack, the project lead. “We’re excited to announce our collaboration with Coastal Plains and Metrocare. Coastal Plains and Metrocare have demonstrated a commitment to serving youth and families through the core values of system of care.”

Based on the core values, a system of care is family driven and youth guided, community based and culturally and linguistically competent.

“Metrocare is excited about the opportunity to build stronger partnerships among systems serving youth in Dallas County,” said Rochelle Schutte, the partnership’s new project lead. “Stronger partnerships will help Dallas County increase the capacity to implement, sustain and improve effective mental health services for youth and families.”

“I am honored to work closely with Texas System of Care in strengthening our communities’  relationships with child serving agencies in rural South Texas,” said Linda Perez, the local project lead. “Everyone coming together will only continue to demonstrate the enriched passion all child serving agencies have in ensuring all child and family  systems of care are in place to ensure mental health, wellness, recovery and last, but not least reduction of the risk of a child being placed outside of  their preferred community setting.”

Texas System of Care is under the leadership of Texas Health and Human Services Commission and operated under the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at the University of Texas at Austin.

Coastal Plains Community Center (CPCC) serves the rural south Texas counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak and San Patricio, and Metrocare Services serves the greater Dallas region.

Coastal Plains Community Center and Metrocare Services will be joining seven other system of care communities in Texas: The Children’s Partnership which serves Travis County; Paving the Way and Hand in Hand which serves Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant counties; Harris County System of Hope which serves Houston; the El Paso County Department of Mental Health Support Services serving El Paso County; and the Rural Children’s Initiative serving Lamb, Floyd, Hale, Briscoe, Motley, Dickens, Bailey, Palmer, Castro, Swisher, and Crosby counties and Bexar Cares in Bexar County.

For more information on Texas System of Care, please visit www.txsystemofcare.org. For more information on Metrocare Services and CPCC, please visit www.metrocareservices.org and www.cpmhmr.org.