IDD Services

Gulf Coast Center provides services and supports for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities that enhance their lives and highlight their strengths.

Gulf Coast Center offers an array of services to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and strives to ensure they are connected to the resources they need to live meaningful and healthy lives.

Intellectual disability (formerly referred to as mental retardation) is characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (reasoning, learning, problem solving) and adaptive behavior (practical and social skills).

Our intake specialist will work with referrals to gather necessary records and schedule an appointment for a Determination of Intellectual Disability (DID) assessment, if necessary.

Interested individuals will be placed on the statewide interest list for the Home and Community Based Services (HCS) Program and Texas Home Living Program and provided resources for other relevant programs or community services.

To schedule an intake appointment or to receive more information on IDD Services, please contact our intake line at 1-888-839-3229 or email us at

Click the button below to learn about our intake process and what information you’ll need when you call.

Intake Process

IDD Crisis Services

Our crisis intervention specialists work with individuals with IDD that are experiencing a crisis or are at risk of crisis to offer de-escalation services or referrals for respite. Individuals and families can choose between out-of-home respite services or in-home respite services as temporary relief for the duration of the timeframe the individual in crisis reaches stabilization.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact our crisis hotline at 866-729-3848.

Service Coordination

Gulf Coast Center provides service coordination for individuals currently enrolled in a program or those who receive a slot and are eligible for a specific program. The following programs include service coordination:

  • Home and Community Based Services (HCS)
  • Texas Home Living Program (TxHmL)
  • Community First Choice (CFC)
  • General Revenue (GR)
  • Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) – Habilitation Coordination
  • Enhanced Community Coordination (ECC)

Provider Services

Gulf Coast Center provides direct support for increased community engagement to individuals enrolled in general revenue services or PASRR services, including:

  • Respite
  • Community supports
  • Supported employment
  • Employment assistance
  • Day habilitation (specific to individuals with IDD in nursing facilities)
  • Independent Living Skills (ILS) Training (specific to individuals with IDD in nursing facilities)
  • Behavior supports


Continuity of Services

This service is provided to individuals residing in a State Supported Living Center that have or plan to transition to the community or those residing in an ICF/IDD to help maintain placement or explore other options, if desired. Our liaison works with families and individuals to seek alternate placement while exploring all options for those who may need a different environment due to behavioral challenges or other extenuating circumstances.