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Our Vision

We imagine a community where all people have hope and the opportunity to achieve their full potential for health and wellbeing.

 

Our Mission

To provide access to a diverse array of specialty healthcare services that support and empower people as valued members of the community.

Service Areas

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health First Aid, Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT), Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH), Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver

Substance Use Disorder, Parenting Awareness & Drug Risk Education (PADRE) and Pregnant Postpartum Intervention (PPI)

Your Local Authority for Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and Substance Abuse

StarCare Specialty Health System provides services for adults, children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of mental illness, intellectual disabilities and/or substance use disorder.  StarCare Specialty Health System provides services for adults, children and adolescents who have a diagnosis of mental illness, intellectual disabilities and/or substance use disorder.

As the state designated mental health authority for Lubbock, Lynn, Cochran, Crosby and Hockley counties, StarCare has oversight of mental health services and:

  • ensures the health and safety of people who need services;
  • ensures people who need services can exercise consumer choice by helping them decide on their services, service provider and location of services;
  • ensures the best use of public money to create a robust network of service providers that meet the needs of the targeted population;
  • coordinates and links people to appropriate services; and
  • advocates for service funding sources

Our Story

Like our 37 sister centers across the state, StarCare’s beginning is founded in President John F. Kennedy’s singing into law the Community Mental Health Act (also known as the Mental Retardation and Community Mental Health Centers Construction Act of 1963), which authorized federal grants for construction of public or nonprofit community mental health centers to provide inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, emergency care and consultation/education services. This law helped people with mental illnesses who were “warehoused” in hospitals and institutions move back into their communities. [1]

As services offered to people with mental illnesses became more diverse and comprehensive, it also became clear that helping people function at optimal levels would require the addition of treatment services for addiction disorders. This coordinated brand of service was labeled as “behavioral healthcare” — and providing comprehensive mental health and addictions services is the goal of community-based behavioral health organizations today.

In 1964, the Lubbock Community Planning Council created the South Plains Guidance Center, known today as StarCare Specialty Health System, in response to the identified need for services for people living with mental illness and mental retardation within the Lubbock community. [2]

For more than 50 years, StarCare has provided specialty healthcare services that are driven by community partnerships and by partnerships with the people served and their families and support groups.

Timeline

1963

1963

President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act into law authorizing federal grants for construction of community mental health centers.

1965

1965

The Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) Act of 1965 prompted a request to the Texas Department of MHMR by the City of Lubbock for the formation of a community MHMR center in the Lubbock area.

1966

1966

The state approves the request for a community MHMR center for Lubbock County and the Board of Trustees of Lubbock regional MHMR center is appointed.

1975

1975

The original local service area, Lubbock County, is expanded to include Cochran, Crosby, Hockley and Lynn counties. The center’s name is changed to Lubbock Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center.

2010

2010

U.S. Congress passes “Rosa’s Law” which strikes the term mental retardation from all federal laws and publications and instead uses the term “intellectual disability."

2011

2011

The 82nd Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1481, adding the Person First Respectful Language Initiative to the Texas Government Code which produces Person First language with the intent of establishing preferred terms and phrases and requires the use of language...

2012

2012

After 45 years as Lubbock Regional Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, the center changes its name to StarCare Specialty Health System.

2019

2019

Company completes a brand refresh and establishes new logo.

Senior Executive Team

StarCare’s leaders are committed to ensuring the health and safety of the people we serve.

Beth Lawson

Beth Lawson

Chief Executive Officer

Dana Butler, MD

Dana Butler, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Robyn Johnston

Robyn Johnston

Chief of Staff

Jason Cannaday

Jason Cannaday

Chief Financial Officer

Marle Antu

Marle Antu

Behavioral Health Division Director

Sheryl Baker

Sheryl Baker

Aging & Disability Division Director