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Farabee Center board to meet Thursday

By Staff | Published Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The board of trustees for the Helen Farabee Centers will meet Thursday in Decatur.

The Farabee Center administers state Mental Health/Mental Retardation programs throughout a 19-county region that includes Wise County. The Wise County Mental Health Center, located at 407 Park West Court in Decatur, is one of nine mental health centers operated by the Wichita Falls-based agency.

Helen Farabee Centers specialize in providing access to community-based treatment and support services for persons with severe, persistent forms of mental illness and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Center’s nine-member board will meet at the Decatur office at 11 a.m. Thursday, recessing for lunch at 11:45 and reconvening at 12:15.

The agenda includes public comment and presentations on mental health services and intellectual and developmental disability services, approval of the board’s training schedule for fiscal year 2014 and appointment of an ad hoc committee to recommend a slate of officers for fiscal year 2014.

A number of contract proposals are also on the board’s agenda for approval, including:

  • a lease for No. 14 Chanute Circle in Wichita Falls;

  • a lease for the Crisis Respite Unit;
  • a contract with TWG to operate an Intellectual and Developmental Disability Crisis Unit in Wichita Falls at a cost of $195,280; and
  • contracts with JSA, TWG, Red River Hospital, U.S. Script and a laboratory company for fiscal year 2014.

Executive Director Roddy Atkins will report on the Affordable Care Act, legislative issues, service volume by county and other concerns. A closed session is scheduled to allow the board to conduct an annual evaluation of the executive director.

The MH/MR Center of Wichita County, renamed the Helen Farabee Center in 1992, was established in 1969 and consolidated with existing MH/MR outreach services in 1998. It serves Archer, Baylor, Childress, Clay, Cottle, Dickens, Foard, Hardeman, Haskell, Jack, King, Knox, Montague, Stonewall, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise and Young counties.

Board members are appointed for two-year terms. Currently Shelly Owens represents Jack and Wise counties on the board.

Thursday’s meeting in Decatur is open to the public, and anyone may attend.

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