Services offered by North Texas State Hospital – Wichita Falls Campus
Short-Term Assessment, Recovery & Treatment Program
Primary goal: To assess, stabilize, rehabilitate and integrate individuals so that they may leave the hospital and return to the community or other specialized programs as rapidly as possible.
Environmental Engagement Program
Uses rehabilitative and psychosocial techniques to assist persons in learning social responsiveness and modification of behavior.
Social Behavioral Program
Concentrates on treatment of patients who exhibit high risk of dangerous and maladaptive behavior and concentrates on promoting relapse prevention and safe management of these behaviors.
Treats geriatric patients helping them to enhance their quality of life, becoming personally fulfilled and being able to reflect a sense of purpose, dignity and independence.
Intermediate Security Program
Serves persons who are determined Not Manifestly Dangerous but who may have behaviors that prevent them from being successful in a general psychiatric or transitional forensic setting within the State Hospital System. Provides an intermediate level of security to allow individuals to continue to progress toward eventual placement at a minimum security environment. Over the course of care within the program, individuals increasingly integrate within a general psychiatric setting, based upon ongoing assessment of risk and progress with individual goals.
Child and Adolescent Program
Treats children and adolescents, ages six to seventeen, to create a foundation for healthy physical, intellectual and emotional development so that they may successfully reintegrate into the family and community.
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Therapies Program
Offered in conjunction with specific treatment programs to address patient's individual occupation, rehabilitative and recreational therapy needs.
Along with these programs, acute and primary medical care is provided to meet patient's particular needs, either through on-campus physicians or off-campus specialty services.
Services offered by North Texas State Hospital - Vernon Campus
The Adult Forensic Program
Organized into six distinct programs and a Medical Services unit required to adequately address the needs associated with persons admitted to the hospital.
The Maximum Security Unit
By definition, this is the most restrictive environment in a system that places high value on the concept of least restrictive environment. The Maximum Security Unit subscribes to the concept of least restrictive environment in its program and security management and takes its place at one end i.e., most restrictive, of the statewide continuum of care. The MSU has as its customers, in addition to its primary customers (the persons directly served) the criminal justice system, and its community mental health authority counterparts; and the other state facilities in the MHMR system that refer persons to the Maximum Security Unit for specialized care in a controlled setting.
The Behavior Management and Treatment Program
Designed to serve patients who are described as active, aggressive, and "stimulus hungry." These persons engage in repeatedly dangerous behavior that is unresponsive to treatment and require intensive structure. This program is a principal admitting unit for persons who are Manifestly Dangerous, with a more closed intensive supervision structure. The program is designed to teach pro-social skills, problem solving techniques, and impulse control to the patients.
The Social Learning Rehabilitation Program
Serves persons who are admitted as isolated and withdrawn who are typically "stimulus aversive". These persons have engaged in episodes of highly dangerous behavior when challenged and typically have been unresponsive to treatment. They frequently require sanctuary from conventional (or normal) social interaction. This program is designed to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation program aimed at promoting pro-social skills development and providing opportunities for increased success in interpersonal skills. Persons who satisfactorily progress from this program may be transferred to the Gateway Residential Program, a transitional program providing greater opportunities to exercise social skills.)
The Competency Program
Designed to treat short-term, incompetent to stand trial patients, who are accused of a felony crime. They may present variable behavior patterns but typically respond to rapid psychiatric stabilization and management, and training and support in courtroom skills and behavior. These patients typically require stabilization and restoration of competency. This program also provides pre-trial evaluations for persons committed for same. Persons successfully completing this program may transfer to the Gateway Residential Program while awaiting return to trial.
The Multiple Disabilities Program
Serves people who are dually diagnosed with both mental illness and mental retardation and who have typically been committed as incompetent to stand trial and not likely to regain competency. This program provides behavioral oriented programming designed to provide intensive services for persons with psychiatric disorders and mental retardation. These persons may also transfer to the Gateway Residential Program after success in the program.
The Gateway Residential Program
Functions as a "transitional" forensic residential service program to provide an opportunity for those patients who have achieved initial success in their treatment program to learn to live and relate to people who function somewhat differently than they, as a precursor to discharge from the Maximum Security Unit. The treatment teams of the referring programs continue to follow the patients during their residence in Gateway and collaborate with the Gateway staff who provide a bed and board, medication administration, and support in activities of daily living and social activities.
The Central Rehabilitation Program
Designed to provide psychosocial rehabilitation through the medium of small classes and activities oriented toward the enhancement of life skills. The major program components of Central Rehabilitation include Independent Living Skills, Foundational Living Skills, Therapeutic Recreation, Music Therapy, and Education. These services are provided in curriculum based classes and activities as an extension of the treatment programming provided by the patient's residential unit.
General Medical Services
Designed to provide routine medical care and treatment for patients experiencing uncomplicated medical problems. Persons requiring specialized and/or more extensive health care are referred to Wilbarger General Hospital or another similar facility. These services provide minor emergency care and stabilization for all patients, and First Aid and stabilization for employees and visitors who sustain injuries or develop illness while on the hospital premises. A physician is assigned to be available for coverage of this service on each shift.
The Adolescent Forensic Program
This is a separate part of the Vernon campus and is physically separated from the adult Maximum Security Unit. Persons admitted to this moderate security program are adolescents 13-17 years of age who are dually diagnosed with mental disorders and substance abuse. These individuals have had significant involvement with the juvenile justice system, with the majority, admitted as a condition of probation. They have exhausted all available community resources.