The beginning of Lakes Regional Community Center’s creation was the 1996 TDMHMR board’s directive to move the delivery of mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities community services to local control. This coincided with TDMHMR’s determination to form State-Operated Community Services (SOCS), in the place of State Facility Community Service Divisions. This reconfiguration of community services brought mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services under one administrative structure and separated community services from their host state hospital or state school. As part of this process, Lakes Regional State-Operated Community Services was created. This new entity encompassed services from the following community service divisions: Terrell State Hospital and Denton State School.
On January 28, 1999, the nine County Judges of the counties served by Lakes Regional SOCS sent a letter to TDMHMR Commissioner Hale expressing their desire to form a new Community Center. On April 29, 1999, Commissioner Hale responded favorably to the County Judges of Camp, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Kaufman, Lamar, Morris, Rockwall and Titus Counties. In the intervening months, great effort was expended by all staff and the Board of Trustees to complete the complicated preparations associated with conversion of this state operated program into a private, board governed, community nonprofit agency. Formation of Lakes Regional MHMR Center was successfully completed and the Center initiated operations on December 1, 1999.
In September of 2003, after several months of discussion with local officials at TDMHMR and within Hunt County, the MHMR Services of that County formally merged with Lakes. Then Crossroads Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Hunt County ceased operations early in 2004. Soon thereafter, Lakes’ obtained a facility license from TCADA. A grant was written and received, in conjunction with Hunt County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (HCCSCD), to provide substance abuse treatment services to individuals from HCCSCD. This is an Intensive Intervention Diversion Program (IIDP). Those services are provided in our Greenville Center. Lakes also provides DWI Education classes, Drug Offender Education classes, and Minor in Possession classes. Lakes provides Intensive and Supportive Outpatient services to appropriate individuals through NorthSTAR in our center in Terrell.