Links and Resources
The Heart of Texas Region MHMR takes pride in working with two outside groups in supporting advocacy programs for its consumers. Center consumers are urged to contact the appropriate group to promote self-advocacy.
The ARC of McLennan County
The Arc of McLennan County is a non-profit United Way agency serving the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through a Self Advocacy program for adults, and an inclusive summer program for individuals ages 7 to 22. Other programs include The Parent Connection, a family support program, After School Care, Best Buddies, The Talent Link Project, and an Information and Referral program. Please contact the Arc at (254) 756-7491 for further information.
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Waco (NAMI-Waco)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Waco (NAMI-Waco) is a grass roots self-help support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with severe mental illness. The NAMI-Waco organization offers monthly program and support group meetings.
The primary goals are family support and education for information and empowerment. NAMI-Waco helps reduce stigma and advocates for improved service delivery and research at the national, state and local levels.
In addition, The Heart of Texas Region MHMR is a member of the following group:
Local Support Groups
All of the following groups meet at the DePaul Center. Call 254-776-5970 for more information. No pre-registration or commitment to returning is required for any of the groups. All of these groups are free.
Depression Support Group - for those suffering from depression, and their families. Meets Wednesdays at 6 pm.
All of the following groups meet at the Waco VA, Building 90.
PTSD Solutions Group - Vets Helping Vets Peer Support Group. Meets at Waco VA, Bldg 90, Room 1B-115 on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Call 254-297-3522.
Here are some additional support groups around the community.
Recovery, Inc. - Meets Thursdays from 7 pm to 8 pm, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, 1624 Wooded Acres. 254-772-2415.
State of Texas links
Links to Statewide Organizations
Links to Organizations Serving People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
www.aaidd.org - American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the professional association run by and for professionals who support people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
www.thearcoftexas.org - The Arc of Texas is a state-level advocacy organization that creates opportunities for Texans with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to be included in their communities.
www.afpautismgroup.org - The AFP Autism Group formed out of a need for Parents to get together and share information, resources, experiences and knowledge with each other. We are a group of parents with children on the Autism Spectrum and as you may know, EVERY CHILD with Autism is different, but hearing other parent's experiences, you can take from that information and apply what you may need to help your child.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/autism_support_group/ - The Autism Support Group (ASG) was created in February 2005 to support parents and professionals who expressed a need for assistance finding information and support about autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and Asperger> '> s Disorder. It is directed by parents of children with autism/PDD. This group is available to any parent, professional or person.
www.thenadd.org - NADD is the leading North American expert in providing professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Resources for the Parents of Children With Disabilities and Special Needs
Navigate Life Texas: Resources for kids with disabilities and special needs - The Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs is proud to announce the formal launch of a new website created by parents for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. This unique site offers comprehensive, relevant and reliable information for families, professionals, advocates and anyone who works with children who have disabilities and their families. Visit this new website by clicking here: navigatelifetexas.org.