24/7 CRISIS HOT-LINE
Providing Behavioral Health Services in Rural South Texas
Our History ~ Coastal Plains Community Center
The Center was originally formed in 1996 by merging the community Mental Health and Mental Retardation services of three existing organizations—Rio Grande State Center, San Antonio State Hospital, and the Corpus Christi State School. This merger created Coastal Plain State-Operated Community Services (CPSOCS).
On September 1 of 1999 we became Coastal Plains Community MHMR Center (CPMHMR) as a part of a state-wide change to consolidate services under local governments. In 2011 our name was changed to Coastal Plains Community Center to reflect a growing movement to replace the term “mentally retardation” with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Coastal Plains Community Center is located in the coastal bend region of South Texas that spans 8,817 square miles of land along the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico. The Center serves a large, sparsely populated rural area (239,761 people) that includes the following nine counties: Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak and San Patricio. The Center currently operates under the guidance and direction of a nine member Board of Trustees. Each of the nine counties served by Coastal Plains is represented by one board member.
The Center operates with a budget of $14,760,809 and serves approximately
3,400 Adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses, 1,000 Youths with serious emotional, behavioral or mental health disorders, and 450 intellectually developmentally delayed persons a year.
Coastal Plains’ headquarters is located at 200 Marriott Drive, Portland, Texas 78374. Our phone number is 361-777-3991 or 888-819-5312 (toll free). You may reach our Crisis Hotline at 1-800-841-6467
● Communication begins with listening and results in mutual understanding.
● Confidence in people: People, given the opportunity, will fully participate in decisions affecting their lives, gain skills and define their own success.
● Education - Knowledge - Experience: The acquisition of skills and knowledge is a lifelong process.
● Individuality - Diversity: We find harmony in diversity by appreciating differences.
● Optimism: There is power in positive thinking.
● Trust - Honesty: Effective partnerships begin with trust and honesty.
● Clarity in what we do: Reduction of needless complication helps people make informed choices.
● Sense of Purpose: Happiness comes from having a sense of purpose.
● Respect will be demonstrated by consistent application of the following principles:
● We have confidence in people
● We will listen to people’s opinions and needs
● We believe that work enhances a person’s stature and provides opportunities for meaningful relationships.
● We believe the individual is the driving force in service planning.
● We will address each person’s unique preferred lifestyle in productive and meaningful ways.