Family Support Services
2-1-1 is a state-wide social service directory that provides information and referrals to state programs and various local non-profits. A live person will help you find assistance in your area. You can also visit 2-1-1 online: www.211Texas.org
Texas Parent to Parent provides support, networking, training, and resources to families and children in Texas who have disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or special health care needs. The organization advocates on behalf of the children’s well-being and provides support groups to deal with the emotions, responsibilities, stress and isolation that families face when raising a child with a disability. TxP2P has resources throughout Texas. For a full list of locations and services, please visit their website.www.txp2p.org
Personal Care Services (PCS) is a respite program under Medicaid that provides attendant care contingent on income and medical necessity (if a child needs assistance with basic activities of daily living and the caregiver is not able to provide this and/or needs assistance providing this).To apply, contact: 1-888-276-0702 www.dshs.state.tx.us/region1/documents/tmp-personalCareservices.pdf
Disability Rights Texas provides legal and advocacy services for people with disabilities. The following resources are available state-wide: accessibility, community living, education, employment, healthcare, housing, protection and civil rights, and transportation. Services are also available in Spanish. contact: 1-800-252-9108, www.disabilityrightstx.org
Mental Health Mental Retardation is a state-wide organization that strives to enhance the mental health and intellectual development of people within their own individual communities. MHMRTC is based out of Fort Worth and provides the following services to individuals of all ages: mental health services, IDD services, addiction services, early childhood services, contracted provider services, and training. **For other MHMR locations across the state of Texas, visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhservices-search/ contact: 817-569-4300, www.mhmrtc.org
Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women is a state program that provides case management services to children with disabilities (age 20 and younger) and pregnant women (of any age) to help clients access medical services, medical equipment and supplies, and other resources and assistance. Clients are required to have Medicaid insurance in order to qualify for services. contact: 1-877-847-8377, www.dshs.state.tx.us/caseman/default.shtm
Metrocare Services (Dallas County) is a non-profit organization that cares for individuals and families struggling with mental illness, developmental disability, or severe emotional problems in clinics across Dallas, programs in the community, and in homes. Metrocare Services provides the following: adult services, autism services, early childhood services, child and adolescent services, behavior management, and mental retardation services. Metrocare Services also provides educational and community services.
contact: 214-743-1200, or Toll Free: 877-283-2121, www.metrocareservices.org
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of Spina Bifida through education, advocacy, research and service. The SBA provides support groups, national and local resources, camps, scholarships, and more for those dealing with Spina Bifida. The SBA North Texas chapter is located in Garland.
contact: (North Texas chapter) 972-238-8755, www.spinabifidant.org; (National SBA website): www.spinabifidaassociation.org
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is a nation-wide organization that strives to enhance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. UCP works to include individuals with disabilities into every area of life through education, advocating, and support services for individuals and families. The goal of UCP is to provide those with disabilities a life without limits. For a list of affiliates located in Texas, please visit the website.
contact: 800-872-5827 or 202-776-0406, www.upc.org