North Texas State Hospital

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North Texas State Hospital consists of three campuses in northern Texas. Together, the organization is the largest state hospital in the Texas mental health system. These campuses provide psychiatric services for mentally ill persons and persons with mental illness and intellectual developmental disabilities throughout the North Texas area, as well as the entire state.

Wichita Falls
6515 Kemp Boulevard
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
940-692-1220
Fax 940-689-5538

The hospital serves people with mental illness and co-occurring mental illness and intellectual disability who have been screened and referred by their local mental health authority. It also serves forensic psychiatric patients primarily referred for competency restoration. 

Services Provided

  • Adult psychiatric services 
  • Child and adolescent psychiatric services 

Visitor Information

All visitors must stop at the security gate at the respective campus hospital to be given instructions regarding visiting policies. A strict 15-mph policy is enforced on all campus streets. Weapons, contraband items and tobacco products aren’t allowed on campus. Visitation is arranged by contacting the patient’s treatment team and with appropriate consent to release information to visitors.

When a visitor arrives at the Wichita Falls campus, a security guard greets them at the front gate and gives directions to the Family Center. They will register there and receive a Visitor’s Identification Badge. The switchboard operator or Family Center staff will contact the identified program and confirm the patient agrees to see that visitor. Then, visitors are given a hospital map with directions to the identified program or staff may bring the patient to the Family Center.

Visiting Hours

Programming varies on weekends and holidays. Please contact the person’s assigned social worker to make visitation arrangements in advance. Please note that visiting hours may change under special circumstances.

Family Day

A special Saturday Family Day is periodically held on each campus. It offers a chance for families to visit patients, meet with treatment staff and ask questions related to the hospital. Often special events are scheduled, including family therapy and special programs.

The Family Living Center & The Paradise House

The Helen Farabee Family Living Center at North Texas State Hospital's Wichita Falls campus and the Paradise House in the City of Vernon offers rooms for friends and families visiting residents of the Vernon and Wichita Falls hospital campuses. There is no charge, but they must be reserved and are available on a first-come, first serve basis.


North Texas State Hospital – Vernon
4730 College Drive
Vernon, TX 76385
940-552-9901 
Fax  940553-2500

North Texas State Hospital – South Campus- Vernon 
8407 FM 433W
Vernon, TX  76384
940-552-1400
Fax 940-552-1007 

The Vernon campus provides forensic services for the entire state of Texas and offers both a Maximum Security Program for adults and the Adolescent Forensic Program. 

Visitor Information

North Texas State Hospital - Vernon welcomes all visitors to the facility. 

All visitors must stop at the security gate at the respective campus to be given instructions regarding visiting policies. A strict 15-mph policy is enforced on all campus streets. Weapons, contraband items and tobacco products aren’t allowed on campus. Visitation is arranged in consult with the patient’s treatment team and with appropriate consent to release information to visitors.

When a visitor arrives at Vernon Campus, a security guard will greet them at the front gate and give directions to the Family Center. They will register there and receive a Visitor’s Identification Badge. The switchboard operator or Family Center staff will contact the identified program and confirm the patient agrees to see that visitor. Then, visitors will be given a hospital map with directions to the identified program or staff may bring the patient to the Family Center.

START Unit hours
Monday-Sunday:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 to 8p.m.

EEP & SBP (Adult longer term care), GPP (Geriatrics) 

  • Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Maximum Security Unit 

Arrangements can be made for visitation outside preferred visiting hours if needed by patients or families. Visitation will be in a secured visiting area at the Maximum Security Unit, unless other arrangements are made in advance with the treatment team. Visitation should be arranged through the patient’s social worker.

Maximum Security Unit hours

  • Monday through Sunday:  8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Adolescent Forensic Program (Vernon)

We encourage visitors  to come during hours which don’t conflict with the patient’s pre-scheduled, education and therapeutic activities. Visitation should be arranged through the patient’s social worker.

Adolescent Forensic Program hours

Saturday and Sunday:  9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.          

North Texas State Hospital Tours

Limited tours are available by contacting the Community Relations Office, 940-552-4185. Tours must be arranged at least 72 hours in advance and approved by the superintendent. However, tours of the Vernon campus adult and adolescent programs are limited because of the secure nature of the programs. Email questions or requests to ronna.akins@dshs.state.tx.us.

Family Day

A special Saturday Family Day is periodically held on each campus. It offers opportunity chance for families to visit patients, meet with treatment staff and ask questions about the hospital. Often special events are scheduled, including family therapy, special programs, etc.

The Family Living Center and The Paradise House

The Paradise House in the city of Vernon offers rooms available for friends and families visiting individuals served at the Vernon campus. There is no charge, but they must be reserved and are available on a first-come, first serve basis.

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

800-273-8255
800-273-TALK

Find your local mental health authority or local behavioral health authority.

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