Whole Person

The Whole Person Project seeks to expand access to quality mental health services for adult Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

About The Project

The Arc of Texas is uniquely positioned to help identify and address mental health care disparities experienced by Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In the Summer of 2024, we’re kicking off year five of our Whole Person Project, funded by a grant from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD), by reaching out to organizations working in this space to get their perspective on what’s working and what’s not — because we know those closest to the problem are also closest to the solution.

We’re thrilled to welcome Alex Stuckey, Pulitzer Prize investigative journalist, to our staff to help with this phase of the work. As we identify solutions, we’re advocating for systemic policy change.

Watch the short videos below from our docu-series with self-advocates about their experience at the intersection of mental health and IDD.

There Is Always Hope

IDD Advocate James Meadours sat down with us to detail his journey as a longtime Texan accessing state supportive services. James is a former board member of The Arc of Texas.

I Want to Be Independent

Wanting to live on her own, Brandy Rios struggles with her living situation because she’s on a seemingly never-ending waiting list for state services. Her thirst for independence living with Cerebral Palsy is attainable, but the wait for quality supports is tough.

We Learned That Texas Is Dead-Last in the Country

When Kelly McCarthy moved to Texas with her mother, they had no idea how challenging it would be to receive state services for Kelly’s disabilities. Kelly and her mom discuss their experience.

A Single Twig Breaks, but the Bundle of Twigs Is Strong

When Judith Laufer of the San Antonio League of Self-Advocates met Pat Carnal and Suzie Breckons, she wanted to help them live their lives and honor their self determination. Individually, there were limited resources – but by pooling them, the results have been remarkable!

Learn More About Our Research

The Arc of Texas worked with the Center for START Services (CSS) to conduct a provider systems analysis in Texas. The results from the study indicate a need for increased access to mental health/IDD cross-training, information sharing, and collaboration throughout the health service delivery system.

Learn more about the Whole Person Project and our research:

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The funding disclaimer includes the TCDD logo placed next to text that states: This project is supported by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) through a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 20201. Grant number available by request. Grantees receiving government sponsorship are encouraged to express their findings and conclusions. Opinions do not necessarily represent official TCDD or ACL policy.