Frequently Asked Questions
What is Gulf Bend Center?
Gulf Bend Center is the Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, Lavaca and Victoria Counties.
What types of services does Gulf Bend Center provide?
Gulf Bend Center is a regional provider of integrated behavioral health & intellectual & developmental disability services. The Center continues to expand its programs and services in Victoria and surrounding counties and offers a wide array of treatment & support services including but not limited to:
· Psychiatrist Services
· Professional Counseling Services
· Screening & Crisis Response
· Child, Adolescent & Adult Mental Health
· Intellectual Functioning and/or Developmental Disability Services (IDD)
· STAR – Services to At-Risk Youth
· Veteran’s Services
If you or someone you know believes they need services or supports, please call 361.575.0611 or 800.421.8825 to schedule an appointment today.
How can I receive services?
Call us for a brief phone screening to see what services are available for you. We provide services under contracts with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to individuals with a mental illness and/or intellectual development disability identified as priority population.
How do I get to see the doctor?
Visits with the doctor are scheduled after an applicant's needs are assessed and the person is found to be eligible for services and in need of treatment.
What is the difference between mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities?
Intellectual and developmental disabilities occur before age 18 with an IQ of 70 or below. Mental illness can occur at any time and may be attributed to a chemical, biological, or environmental change in the person.
Crisis Line hours?
You can call our Toll-Free Crisis Hotline 24 hours day, 365 days a year, 877.723.3422.
A friend has talked about suicide. How do I know if I should take him/her seriously?
Call Gulf Bend Center’s Crisis Hotline 877.723.3422 to discuss your concern about your friend or family member. Take every comment about suicide seriously. Sometimes people state very directly that they are thinking about killing themselves and sometimes they drop hints that they are thinking about suicide. Ask the person directly if he or she is thinking about suicide. For more tips on talking with a person who is considering suicide, visit the American Association of Suicidology website (www.suicidology.org).
How long does it take to access Mental Health Services?
Establishment of eligibility is required before a person may receive any service. Providing Gulf Bend Center with previously documented evidence of a qualifying diagnosis (i.e., schizophrenia, mood disorders, related condition) will expedite service entry. Once this information is obtained, it generally takes no more than a few weeks to access services.
My child has always been a little behind, but I’m not sure if he has an intellectual and developmental disability. What is Developmental Disability exactly?
Developmental disabilities are not the same as learning disabilities. A diagnosis of developmental disability may be given if all three of the following criteria are met:
There is significantly sub-average intellectual functioning (an IQ of 70 or below)
There are concurrent deficits or impairments in adaptive functioning
The conditions occur before age 18 years.
Can a person diagnosed with autism receive services?
Yes. Autism is one of the pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) that are included in our served priority population.
Is there a cost for any of the services?
There are fees associated with most services. Fees for all programs are assessed using a sliding scale and your ability to pay. The Center accepts Private Insurance, Private Pay, Medicaid & Medicare.
What are the hours of operation?
The Center operates under a standard business day (Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Some locations may have extended hours. The Crisis Line (877.723.3422) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.
How long does it take to access Developmental Disability services?
Establishment of eligibility is required before a person may receive any service. Providing Gulf Bend Center with previously documented evidence of a qualifying diagnosis (i.e., intellectual disability, autism, PDD, related condition) will expedite service entry. Once this information is obtained, it generally takes no more than a few weeks to access services.
I’ve heard the waiting lists for Developmental Disability services are extremely long. Is this true?
The wait time varies depending upon the service. Each program will have specific information regarding wait times. Good preparation is key. Discuss your future needs with family and other advocates and determine when is the right time to get on a waiting list.
How do I sign up/register for employment services?
A person must be eligible for services by meeting one of the following criteria:
· determination of Developmental Disability
· determination of Mental Illness
Contact your Case Manager, Service Coordinator or the Supported Employment Department to see if you are eligible for the program.
What jobs are available for people with disabilities?
Like anyone else, people with disabilities seek jobs that will match their abilities and interest. Therefore, the employment selection is up to each individual and his/her realistic opportunities and skills.
Will I lose my Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid if I go to work?
A reduction of the SSI check may occur if hours worked are above the minimum allowed by the law. This is calculated on a case-by-case basis. For more information see www.ssa.gov.