North Texas State Hospital Admission Information

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Wichita Falls Campus

Admission to the North Texas State Hospital's Wichita Falls campus is accomplished through referral by Mental Health Authority (MHA) in the hospital's service area. Admissions are generally of a short term nature. However, patients who exhibit need of longer term treatment may be admitted to specific programs based on their particular needs, including environmental engagement, social behavioral, geripsychiatric and multiple disabilties. Additionally, children, age 6-17 are treated in the Child and Adolescent Program with age specific living arrangement and treatment.

If you are in need of additional information related to ADULT admissions, please contact

  • Lara Henderson
    Admissions Coordinator
    North Texas State Hospital Wichita Falls campus
    P.O. Box 300
    Wichita Falls, TX 76307-0300
    (940) 689-5567

and/or

  • Joel D. Inman, Program Director
    Receiving and Intensive Diagnostic Rehabilitation Program
    (Admissions, Adult Acute Care)
    P.O. Box 300, WF, TX 76307
    (940) 689-5123 (direct line)
    (940) 689-5158 (fax)

If you are in need of additional information related to CHILD AND ADOLESCENT admissions, please contact:

  • Anita Wisdom
    Admissions Clerk
    North Texas State Hospital, Wichita Falls Campus
    Wichita Falls, TX 76307-0300
    (940) 689-5269

Vernon Campus

Adult admissions to the Vernon campus of North Texas State Hospital are specifically ordered by courts and through Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation rules related to manifest dangerousness. No voluntary admissions are accepted. Adolescents admitted to the Adolescent Forensic Program are made through courts and mental health authorities. While adolescent admissions may be considered voluntary, they are coordinated through a very specific assessment and screening process that involves court and mental health authority intervention.

Laws and rules related to commitments are listed below:

Adults

Texas Code of Criminal Procedures

  • Article 46B.073, Competency Restoration, for a period not to exceed 120 days.
  • Article 46B.102, Civil Commitment Charges pending (Mental Illness), for a period not to exceed 12 months.
  • Article 46B.103, Civil Commitment: Mental Retardation.
  • Article 46C.251, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Commitment for Evaluation and Treatment, for a period not to exceed 30 days.
  • Article 46C.256, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Temporary for a period not to exceed 181 days.
  • Article 46C.261, Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity: Extended Commitment for a period not to exceed 12 months.
  • Health & Safety Code 574.103 - 574.106: Administration of Psychoactive Medication for Forensic Patients
  • Article 46.02, Section 3: Pre-trial evaluations - charges pending
  • Article 46.03, Section 4d : Not guilty by reason of insanity (30 day evaluation)
  • Article 46.03, Section 4: Not guilty by reason of insanity (temporary- 90 days; extended up to 12 months)
  • Article 46.02, Section 5: Incompetent to stand trial, charges pending (maximum 18 months)
  • Article 46.02, Section 6: Incompetent to stand trial, charges pending (temporary MH evaluated within 60 days, extended up to 12 months)
  • Article 46.02, Section 7: Incompetent to stand trial, charges dismissed (temporary-evaluated within 90 days; extended-up to 12 months)
  • Article 46.02, MRPA Section 6 and 7: Patient is mentally retarded; com. terms, same as Sec. 6 & 7 above
  • Health and Family Code – transferred to Maximum Security: Mental Health Commitment - (temporary or extended)
  • Departmental Rules governing Determination of Manifestly Dangerous

Adolescent Forensic Program

  • Vol as a Condition of Probation
  • 90 Day Commitments as a result of Chapter 55, (unfit to proceed) This must be a result of a violent felony. The non violent offenses are rotated through the state hospitals in their catchment area.
  • Manifest Dangerous who are on 90 day MH commitments from other state hospitals and have been determined dangerous by a review board.

For more information, please contact the appropriate staff member listed below:

Adult Maximum Security Unit

  • Karen Defoor
    Admissions Coordinator
    North Texas State Hospital Maximum Security Unit-Vernon Campus
    Vernon, TX 76385-2231
    (940) 552-4061

Adolescent Forensic Program

  • Sharon Storek
    Admissions Coordinator
    North Texas State Hospital Adolescent Forensic Program-Vernon Campus
    Vernon, TX 76385-2231
    (940) 552-4604
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Last updated June 20, 2014