Gulf Bend Center was created under the Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Act of 1965, which established a statewide system of locally, governed public community mental health and intellectual & developmental disability centers. In 1970, after considerable research and planning by community and state leaders, the Center opened its doors to the people of Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties. In 1974, Lavaca County joined the local service area.
Each year, the Center serves approximately 1,900 adults with mental illness, 550 children and adolescents with an emotional disturbance or mental disorder and 200 people with developmental disabilities. Since its opening 46 years ago, the Center has provided services to over 40,000 people in the Crossroads Region. The mission of the Center is to improve the quality of life of persons and their families who are challenged with problems related to mental illness and developmental disabilities.
The communities served look to Gulf Bend Center as a provider of services for a very a special segment of the population, specifically the serious and persistent mentally ill including persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. The Center also addresses the needs of persons with intellectual functioning and developmental disabilities.
Please click on the link below to view the Center's Timeline:
Gulf Bend Center Timeline