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Andrews Center to benefit from new services

Athens Daily Review - 7/24/2019

Jul. 24--Texas Health and Human Services on Monday announced the expansion of mental health services to help rural Texans experiencing early-onset psychosis.

The Andrews Center is one or 13 new sites for the program made possible with $4 million from a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Mental Health Block Grant, HHSC's Coordinated Specialty Care. The Center is based in Tyler, and has an Athens location on State Highway 19 South.

The organization helps the county with the mentally-ill, mentally-retarded, chemically-dependent and mentally-disabled. The center offers screenings to determine if the individual is in need of emergency services, and provides the county with after-hours mental evaluation and commitment screenings.

According to a press release, HHSC's psychosis program serves adolescents and young adults from ages 15 to 30 who have had a psychotic disorder diagnosed within the last 24 months.

According to the HHSC, symptoms of psychosis include hallucinations, delusions and confused thinking causing substantial life disruption.

"It's critical we reach people early in their diagnosis to create the best opportunity for recovery," said Sonja Gaines, HHSC deputy executive commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. "Connecting people with the right treatment and support can be life changing and dramatically alter the trajectory of a person's future."The program is especially aimed at extending the service in rural areas.

"Your zip code should not determine your access to care," said Rep. Garnet Coleman of Harris County. "I am glad to continue to support HHSC's efforts to ensure that all Texans have access to care when they need it."Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System is a non-profit, comprehensive mental health and intellectual and developmental disability center, serving Smith, Wood, Rains, Van Zandt and Henderson Counties.

Center services are available to residents of these counties without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability.

Henderson County is represented on the Andrews Center board by Arliss Jones.

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