MHMR of Nueces County Behavioral & Developmental Health Services. Our Mission: “Working Together for Better Lives” December 2011. What is MHMR?. Designated by the IRS as a “Unit of Local Government” Created in 1969 by the Texas Health and Safety Code 1 of 39 MHMR Centers in Texas
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“Working Together for Better Lives”
• Major Depression –long periods of sadness, feeling hopeless, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, appetite changes, loss of interest, thoughts of death/suicide
• Bi-Polar Disorder--Mood disorder with alternating periods of manic episodes and major depressive episodes; genetic and environmental influences
Services focus on “recovery” and achieving outcomes and improvements in employment, housing, substance abuse, crisis avoidance, avoiding hospitalizations and re-arrests.
Recent study (Dembling) reported individuals with severe mental illness dies 19 years prematurely. The average death for the severely mentally ill population was 52 years versus the 72 years for the general population. Contributing factors: suicide; poor health habits such as smoking, obesity, alcohol abuse; presence of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes which may be undiagnosed and untreated; unavailability of services; high risk of accidental death, homelessness; victims of violence.
Services focus on achieving outcomes in improved school behavior,
substance abuse avoidance, avoiding re-arrest and overall functioning ; and
family education and support.
Mental Health Services for Adults: 5,672
Mental Health Services for Youth: 1,042
Early Childhood Intervention Services: 1,538
Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services: 1,738