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
(254) 756-7491
Link to National ARC Website:

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)
(254) 776-9227
Link to National Website:

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:
Texas Council of Community Centers

Local Support Groups

Providence DePaul Center Support Groups

Providence Healthcare Network offers numerous support groups, covering a wide range of topics for every member of the family. The complete listing of current support groups offered by the DePaul Center can be found here or call (254) 776-5970 for more information.

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.
Dual Recovery Anonymous - Vets Helping Vets Peer Support Group. Meets at Waco VA, Bldg 90, Room 1B-115 on Thursdays 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.
Peer Support - Meets Mondays from 10:30 - 11:30pm. Independence Center, 254-756-0258.
Spirituality Fellowship - Meets Tuesdays from 11 am - noon, Independence Center. 254-756-0258.
NAMI Journey of Hope - Meets 4th Tuesdays from 8 pm-9 pm, after NAMI Waco meeting. Providence Classroom. 254-776-9227.
Healing Grief - Hosted by Providence Hospice, Healing Grief is a six-week series dedicated to dealing with loss. Meets Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. For more information, call Providence Hospice at 254-751-4875.
Alzheimer's Support Group - Meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at St. Catherine's. For more information, contact Phyllis Hubbard at 772-9305.
Care Givers Support Group - Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2:30 pm in the Community Room of St. Catherine's Center.

State of Texas links

Mental Health Texas
Early Childhood Intervention Services
Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services
Texas Department of State Health Services

Links to Statewide Organizations

Texas Council of Community Centers, Inc.

Featured Topics

Links to Organizations Serving People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Advocacy Inc.
The Arc of the United States
The Center for Public Policy Priorities
Department of Family and Protective Services
Medicaid Program of Texas
National Association for Down Syndrome
Social Security Administration
Special Olympics of Texas
Region XII Education Service Center
Cerebral Palsy Group - American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is the professional association run by and for professionals who support people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. - 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. - 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. - 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. - 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:


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