Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

24 Hour Crisis 1-866-729-3848
Intake and Assessment 1-877-226-8780

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Admission Criteria

  • Children between the ages of 3 – 17
  • Resident of Brazoria or Galveston County
  • Diagnosis of a mental illness with evidence of serious emotional, behavioral or mental disturbance. Axis I Diagnosis exclusions:
    • a single diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorder;
    • a single diagnosis of substance abuse;
    • a single diagnosis of autism or intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Serious functional impairment;
  • At risk of disruption of a preferred living or child care environment due to psychiatric symptoms; or
  • Enrolled in a school system’s special education program because of a serious emotional disturbance.

Initial Screening Required for Admission to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

Legal Guardian and youth must attend the initial screening at any of the available clinics listed below.
This initial appointment is a first come, first served walk-in appointment. Services are provided for residents of Brazoria and Galveston Counties.

Angleton Location
2352 East Mulberry
Angleton, Texas 77515
FAX: 281-585-7474
Monday 9:00am
Texas City Location
3201 FM 2004
Texas City, Texas 77591
FAX: 409-986-6500
Monday or Tuesday  9:00am

To ensure quicker access to Gulf Coast Center Services, please bring the following items with you to the screening:

  1. Child birth certificate
  2. Child social security card
  3. Immunization record
  4. Proof of insurance (Private, Chip, Medicaid); any denial letters received
    • If child is currently uninsured, please provide receipt of applying for insurance.
    • A member of our Financial Team can assist you with applying for Medicaid online for your child, if needed.
  5. Proof of residency (if Medicaid does not indicate Galveston or Brazoria County)
  6. Proof of household income:
    • Social security letter for all household members receiving social security
    • Pay Stubs for one month for all household members
    • Child support
    • Other income, such as food stamps, worker’s compensation, disability, unemployment
    • If unemployed, need Statement of Wage Earnings from Texas Workforce Commission

If applicable, please bring the following:

Court documents

  • Divorce Decree
  • Guardianship
  • Foster Care
  • Child Protective Services documentation

Hospitalization information

  • Name of Hospital, address, phone, fax
  • Date of admission, discharge, other records

Out-patient psychiatric and/or psychotherapy treatment information

  • Name of clinic & psychiatrist/therapist, address, phone, fax
  • Date service began and ended, other records

If you would like a medication evaluation with our Psychiatrist, please provide the well child check-up paperwork from your child’s pediatrician, dated within the last year. A sports physical will be accepted.

You may pick up a screening packet in advance to complete necessary consents or come in before 9:00 am to complete ahead of time. All forms are also available to download and print from the links below. Completing the forms ahead of time and bringing them to your child’s screening will help expedite the amount of time you and your child spend at our clinic for the screening. This link is strictly for downloading forms. It is not intended for you to send the completed forms back in any way.

Screening Packet Brazoria County and Screening Packet Galveston County

This first-time appointment with you and your child is a screening to determine if the services offered at Gulf Coast Center are the right fit for you and your child.  We will also provide a school excuse for your child and a work excuse for you, if needed.

If you have a psychiatric emergency or crisis at anytime, please call our Crisis Hotline at 1-866-729-3848. Services are available to you and your child 24 hours a day.

Our Gulf Coast Center Child & Adolescent Team is here to answer any questions you may have regarding services and our intake process.  We look forward to working with you and your child. 

A Brief Description

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services offers an array of family-focused, community based mental health services and supports targeted to children and their families. Services and supports for children and their families will be individualized based on family-identified strengths and needs.

Services include:

  • Crisis InterventionAn adolescent girl in a red shirt stands in front of some trees.
  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Routine Case Management
  • Intensive Case Management utilizing a Wraparound Approach
  • Treatment Planning
  • Medication Related Services (including psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring)
  • Family Support
  • Respite
  • Skills Training (in-home and school based)
  • Family Skills Training
  • Mental Health Information Training (Medication Training and Support)
  • Liaison Services
  • Flexible Community Supports
  • Individual, Family and Group Therapy
  • In-Home Crisis intervention


REMINDER – With the expansion of STAR+PLUS effective February 1, 2007, providers of long-term services and support contracting as a network provider for STAR+PLUS services should contact the HMO with questions and issues about the program. If you are unsure of which HMO your provider contracts with, a call to your agency management staff may be of help. It is not appropriate for providers to contact Texas Medicaid and Health Partnership (TMHP) with billing questions and/or issues about an HMO.

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Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver


The YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver that allows for more flexibility in the funding of intensive community-based services to assist children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to live in the community with their families.

Waiver services are provided in combination with services available through the Medicaid State Plan, other federal, state, and local programs the individual may qualify for, and the natural supports that families and communities provide.

Goals of the YES Waiver

  1. Reducing out-of-home placements and inpatient psychiatric treatment by all child-serving agencies;
  2. Providing a more complete continuum of community-based services and supports;
  3. Ensuring families have access to parent partners and other flexible non-traditional support services as identified in a family-centered planning process;
  4. Preventing entry into the foster care system and relinquishment of parental custody; and
  5. Improving the clinical and functional outcomes of children and adolescents.

Services Included in YES

  • Adaptive Aids & Supports
  • Community Living Supports
  • Family Supports
  • Minor Home Modifications
  • Non-Medical Transportation
  • Paraprofessional Services
  • Professional Services
  • Respite
  • Supportive Family Based Alternatives
  • Transitional Services

All YES Waiver participants will also receive benefits to access all Medicaid State Plan Services that are medically necessary.

To participate in the YES Waiver, the child or adolescent must meet the following criteria:

Demographic Criteria

  • Be between 3-18 years of age;
  • Reside in Brazoria or Galveston County; and
  • Reside in a non-institutional setting with the child’s or adolescent’s Legally   Authorized Representative; or in the child’s or adolescent’s own home or apartment, if legally emancipated.

Clinical Criteria

  • Have serious functional impairment or acute severe psychiatric symptoms as indicated by all of the following:
  • Risk of Self-Harm
  • Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
  • Lack of Family Resources
  • Maladaptive School Behavior
  • Current Diagnosis
  • There is a reasonable expectation that, without YES Waiver services, the child or adolescent would qualify for inpatient care.

Financial Criteria

A child or adolescent must be eligible for Medicaid.

  • If you are a current Medicaid recipient, you may already meet financial requirements for the YES Waiver or additional information may be required.
  • If you are not a current Medicaid recipient, you may qualify to receive Medicaid through the YES Waiver (Special Waiver Income Group).

Financial eligibility is based on standards to determine eligibility for Medicaid in institutions and parental income is not counted.

To obtain more information or to register on the Inquiry List for Brazoria or Galveston County, please call 409-944-4555.  Be sure to leave a voice message with your name and phone number so that we may return your call within 24 business hours.