Freer - At the Freer Coastal Plains Community Center, located at 111 East Riley Street, Case Manager Sara Wallace provides mental health case management services to both children and adults.

Wallace not only provides youth services at the local schools, but also adult services, that include skills training and case management services. The Freer clinic also receives all mental health referrals from the Christus Spohn Hospital system in Kleberg, Jim Wells and Bee County, as well as the local Christus Spohn Health Clinic in Freer. (Duval County)

Coastal Plains Community Center provides mental health services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe clinical depression. Coastal Plains Community Center provides an array of behavioral health services to adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar and major depressive disorders. These illnesses are typically persistent, severe, and may be accompanied by a substance use disorder. Treatment at Coastal Plains is uniquely designed in collaboration with the individual family and other support services, in a caring and positive environment.

Mental illness is a term describing a group of disorders that cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. Mental illnesses can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms may last weeks, months or years. However, mental illness is a treatable disease. With early identification and new treatment approaches, the success rate can be high.

All persons interested in requesting mental health services are welcome to walk-in to the clinic to be screened by a Qualified Mental Health Professional or may call the Freer office directly at 361-244-8782. The mental health professional will provide linkage to either a Licensed Professional of the Healing Arts (LPHA) for further assessment to determine eligibility, or link the individual to community support services, based upon individual needs. The mental health professional also provides assistance to a consumer in accessing and linking all resources and services necessary to reach and maintain an optimal level of functioning in their community. The Service Coordinator also assists individuals with accessing services they want and need. This includes assistance in accessing medical, social, educational, and other appropriate services and supports. Service Coordination provides the follow-up monitoring necessary for individuals to achieve quality of life and community participation.

Case management services are also provided to every child or youth receiving services through Coastal Plains Center. The Case Manager will assess the youth’s needs, along with the family’s needs and provide the linkage, coordination and services based upon the youth’s identified needs and priorities for services. Skills Training services are provided to the majority of youth, based upon their needs and diagnosis. All services provided utilize evidence-based practices, to help the youth learn the skills they need to understand why they are feeling the way they feel, cope with those feelings in productive ways, and learn new ways of reacting to things. Parent education and training is an essential part of the skills training, as parents also need to learn why their child reacts or behaves the way they do. They must also learn to respond to situations and behavior in a different way and to understand the skills that their child is learning.

Crisis services are provided 24 hours a day, seven days per week, for all people in the Freer and Alice service area, who feel they need assistance with a behavioral health crisis. These services may be accessed through a Crisis Hotline at 1-800-841-6467. All information about services received for your family member is strictly confidential.