What is the Andrews Center?
The Andrews Center is a nonprofit community mental health and mental retardation center established by law as a local governmental entity in accordance with the provisions of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 7, Section 534, Subchapter A. The Center is named for Earl C. Andrews, one of the leading citizens of Tyler, Texas, who helped found the Center in 1966. June 4, 1968 the contract was signed with Smith County Commissioners Court which legally put the Center in place. Earl Andrews served 25 years, 20 as Chairman of the Board. The Center is governed by a nine-member board of community leaders appointed by the commissioners’ courts of the five counties it serves.
The Center operates a variety of programs and services for persons with mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities. Andrews Center serves individuals and their families from 25 different service locations including, outpatient clinics, day training and rehabilitation facilities, manufacturing plants and group homes. Andrews Center has more than 400 employees including Psychiatrists (M.D.), Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Licensed Professional Counselors, (LPC), Social Workers (LCSW), Psychiatric Nurses (B.S.N., R.N.), Behavioral Therapists and other professional and paraprofessional specialists. Revenues the Center generates annually are derived from more than 30 different sources including contracts with state agencies, federal grants, contracts with managed care and insurance companies, local industry, patient fees and insurance.
The Andrews Center Behavioral Healthcare System is a recognized leader in this industry locally and at the state and national level. It is recognized for quality care and management. Several of its programs are considered models across the state.