Waco Center for Youth

Waco Center for Youth (WCY) is a psychiatric residential treatment facility that serves teen-agers, ages 13 through 17, with emotional difficulties and/or behavioral problems. Waco Center for Youth bases its treatment philosophy on the belief that both behavior change and an understanding of self and others are equally important in achieving significant long-term success in treatment. The mission of Waco Center for Youth is "to give each youth a chance for change" by providing comprehensive psychiatric residential treatment services to emotionally disturbed adolescents of the state of Texas. The facility is operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Waco Center for Youth is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission). Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization, which set standards for, and evaluates health care organizations in accordance with nationally recognized guidelines. The standards include an organization's level of performance in key functional areas such as: patient rights, patient treatment and infection control. They also focus on the hospital's ability to provide safe, high-quality care. To earn and maintain accreditation, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. WCY was last accredited in August 2016.

About Waco Center for Youth

In the physical facilities of World War I Camp McArthur, Waco State Home was established in 1919 to serve dependent and neglected children in Texas. Originally, under the control of the Texas Hospital Board, the Home was run subsequently by the Texas Department of Public Welfare and in 1957 the Texas Youth Council was organized to manage homes for dependent children and training schools for delinquent youngsters.

In September 1979, Waco State Home became Waco Center for Youth and began a new residential treatment program under the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation to treat emotionally disturbed adolescents.

Last updated December 2, 2016