Corpus Christi – The Board of Trustees of the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County (BHCNC) is excited to announce its name change: Nueces Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities (NCMHID). The new name is effective September 2018.

At their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting in August, BHCNC Board of Trustees approved the name change. The legal name will remain “Nueces County MHMR Community Center,” but it will be doing business as NCMHID.

The Committee that studied the name change included Board of Trustee members Pam Brower (Chair), David Schroll, and Alicia Cuellar (Secretary); Mike Davis (Chief Executive Officer); and Jimmy Rodriguez (Chair, Foundation Board of Directors). The committee reviewed names of other centers in the state of Texas and chose NCMHID.

The reason for the name change was concern for the Center’s lack of identity, lack of name recognition, and inability to raise funds based on the lack of recognition and identity in the community. The Center was often confused with Bayview Behavioral Hospital.

“The new DBA (doing business as) name accurately describes who we are and the services we provide,” comments CEO Davis.

Prior to becoming the Behavioral Health Center of Nueces County in 2012, it was known as MHMR, which stood for Mental Health and Mental Retardation. In response to a federal law in 2010 which replaced the words “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability,” the Center decided to change its name along with other MHMR centers in Texas.

BHCNC Facts:

•         Establish in 1969, BHCNC will celebrate 5 decades of helping residents of Nueces County in 2019.

•    BHCNC is one of 39 Texas community mental health centers, and is 1 of only 7 fully accredited by the national Joint Commission.

•    BHCNC is the designated local mental health and IDD authority by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

•    It is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

•    Its mission is to serve local youth (ages 3-17) and adults (ages 18+) with mental health issues and/or intellectual and development disabilities.

•    Services include case management, counseling, life skills/vocational training, medication and support services.

•    BHCNC serves 11,600 residents in the community per year.

The Center plans to roll out its new name—Nueces Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities (NCMHID)—with a reveal over the next few months.