Continuum of Care

The new Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County: bringing mental health services close to home for Robstown and area residents

By: Steven Alford

A full spectrum of care for mind, body and spirit is now just a few steps away for families in Robstown. The CHRISTUS Spohn Robstown Family Health Center is excited to welcome Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County to its facility, for the first time bringing counseling and mental health services under one roof.

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“Now Robstown and area residents can get the care they need, right next door,” said Diane Lowrance, chief executive officer for Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County. “It’s a one-stop-shop for the community to meet their needs.”

Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County is staffed by a psychiatrist, a licensed professional counselor, four case managers and nursing staff who specialize in both adult and youth care. Their office is located next door to the clinic – a relief for those patients with transportation needs who previously had to shuttle across town between appointments, Lowrance added.

The Behavioral Health Center is overseen by Dr. Michael Hernandez, who works in concert with the health clinic’s Dr. Marco Elizondo and Peggy Heine, P.A., providing a continuum of care for Nueces County families.

The partnership means increased coordination between a patient’s primary care provider and mental health services counselors. “We’re excited to be here,” said Ana Salazar, supervisor for the Robstown Behavioral Health Center. “This is a great opportunity for our clients to get all the care they need in one place. It’s much more convenient.”

The Behavioral Health Center counselors also provide outpatient case management and skills training services in the community, including student visits at their schools or homes. That might be a better option for those who are concerned about any stigma associated with seeking mental health services, Lowrance said.

“Often that’s the No. 1 reason people don’t seek help,” Lowrance said. “But we’re here to help with those services and provide them in a way that is most convenient and comfortable for our patients.”

About CHRISTUS Spohn Health System
CHRISTUS Spohn Health System is the region’s largest charity care provider and not-for-profit health care system consisting of six hospital campuses: CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi (Shoreline, Memorial and South), CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Beeville and CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Kleberg (Kingsville). The health system is consistently ranked a leading health system in the area, and it has received national recognition for several pioneering programs, including trauma, cardiac care, clinical excellence and oncology. For more than 100 years, CHRISTUS Spohn has been distinguished by its high-caliber staff and affiliated physicians, its comprehensive and innovative services and its long history of responding to the needs of the community it serves. For additional information, visit www.christusspohn.org.

Walk-ins are welcome, and the clinic serves patients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is located next door to the CHRISTUS Spohn Robstown Family Health Center, located at 1038 Texas Yes Blvd., right next to the Robstown Fairgrounds. For appointments, call 361-886-1445 or use the After Hours Crisis Hotline at 1-888-767-4498.

Photos courtesy of Christus Spohn

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