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Traumatic, shocking, scary or dangerous events including an assault, natural disaster or military combat, can have lasting effects on a person’s mental health leading to post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed and afraid long after the danger is over. Symptoms often co-exist with other conditions such as substance use disorders, depression and anxiety, and typically begin three months after the traumatic incident has taken place, but sometimes can begin years afterward.

  • Feeling as though one is living through the event again by memories, stressful dreams, or flashbacks 
  • Avoiding situations or conversations that remind them of the traumatic event
  • Feeling hyped-up, suspicious and paranoid, constantly scanning their environment for danger
  • Avoiding intimate relationships
CHCS Mental Health - Adult PTSD

Causes and Risk Factors

Mental illness is not your fault. There is no single cause for mental health disorders; instead, they can be caused by a mixture of biological, psychological and environmental factors. People who have a family history of mental health disorders may be more prone to developing one at some point.

PTSD affects about 8 million people in the U.S. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, and genes may make some people more likely to develop PTSD than others. Additional risk factors include living through dangerous events and traumas, getting hurt, childhood trauma and having little or no social support after the event.

How We Help

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health condition like PTSD, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! The Center for Health Care Services can help. Our Adult Behavioral Health Division offers the following comprehensive services.

In the event of a mental health crisis including suicidal or homicidal thoughts, please call the 24-Hour Crisis & Substance Use Helpline at 800-316-9241 or 210-223-SAFE (7233). If harm to self or others is imminent, call 9-1-1.

The CHCS team helps people find hope, determine their path to wellness, and discover their way to an independent, productive life.

  • Psychiatric evaluation and treatment
  • Medical follow-ups and management
  • Wellness counseling, education and therapy
  • Integrated and primary care
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Case management
  • Crisis services
  • And other services to support each person’s goals for recovery


Outpatient Mental Health Services for Adults

Comprehensive mental health services to support each person’s goals for recovery, including: psychiatric evaluation and treatment, medication management, wellness counseling and education, individual and group therapy, psychiatric care, psychosocial rehabilitation, and case management offered at a variety of locations.

How to Enroll in Adult Behavioral Health Services

For more information, or to enroll in mental health services, please call: 210-261-CHCS (2427)

Your Time is Valuable!

At The Center for Health Care Services, we recognize the importance of your time and are committed to providing efficient and timely care Beginning February 1, 2024, The Center established prescriber scheduling instructions for quicker access to health care services.

For detailed instructions

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call CHCS or speak with your
Care Management team member Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at (210) 261-CHCS (2427).


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