Waco Center for Youth Admissions

Eligibility Requirements

Adolescents who meet the following criteria will be considered for admission to WCY:

  • Must be 13 to 17 years of age; age at admission must allow adequate time for treatment programming, prior to turning 18.

  • Must be psychiatrically diagnosed as emotionally and/or behaviorally disturbed and are not acutely psychotic, suicidal, homicidal, severely developmentally delayed, or seriously violent.

  • Must be a client of a Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) facility, Community MHMR Center, or in the managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

  • Must display a history of behavior adjustment problems in school and at home, and are not functioning well enough to receive services while living in the home. Also, must have exhausted all other available treatment resources.

  • Clinically determined not to have an intellectual or developmental disability as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V).

  • Need a structured treatment program in a residential type facility or a transitional program following discharge from intensive care in a state hospital.

  • No emotionally disturbed juvenile who has been formally adjudicated or declared a Child in Need of Supervision (CHINS) will be admitted to WCY.

  • WCY will not accept youth on an extended court order to mental health services.

Referral Sources

WCY will accept referrals for possible admission from four (4) sources. Adolescents who meet the eligibility requirements and are:

  • Clients currently in a DSHS facility will be referred directly to WCY by the facility where the client resides.

  • Referrals made by their local Mental Health Authority (MHMR).

  • Clients under the managing conservatorship of TDPRS will be referred directly by that agency.

  • Clients whom have been staffed and referred by their local Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG).

Admissions Requirements

  • WCY Referral Application. If a client is being referred by TDPRS, a State of Texas Common Application for Placement of Children in Residential Care must be submitted.

  • Psychological Evaluation which must have a verbal component to the test and a Composite or Full Battery IQ score. IQ tests are accepted up to 2 years. We accept Full Battery, Brief and Abbreviated IQ test. Examples of tests include: 
    • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - (WISC - II, III, IV & V)

    • Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence (WASI)

    • Stanford-Binet, 4th Edition (S-B,4)

    • Kaufman Adolescent and Adult Intelligence Test (KAIT or Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test)

    • Woodcock- Johnson- III Cognitive IQ test

    • Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scale
  • Psychiatric Evaluation with a diagnostic impression within the past 6 months

  • Social History (if applicable)

  • Copy of Immunization Record

  • Any recent progress notes or discharge summaries from recent psychiatric hospital stays

Pre-Screening Interviews

In the event a decision cannot be made based on available records, a face-to-face/conference call interview may be scheduled with the Admissions Committee to determine if WCY is the appropriate placement.

For more information, contact Sharon Miles, Clinical Coordinator, at (254) 745-5377, Laurie Mazza, Admissions Coordinator, at (254) 745-5302 or Lisa Reneau, Admissions/Aftercare Assistant, at (254) 745-5175.

Last updated January 24, 2018