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Schizophrenia is a severe mental health disorder that affects how a person sees, hears, smells and feels. They also have trouble recognizing emotions, relating to others and may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental health disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling and include:

  • Delusions and/or hallucinations
  • Disorganized thinking
  • Loss of interest and motivation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unable to express emotion
  • Movement disorders (agitated body movements)
CHCS Challenges - schizophrenia

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.

Schizophrenia is a complex, long-term medical illness, affecting about 1% of Americans. Although it can occur at any age, the average age of onset tends to be in the late teens to the early 20s for men, and the late 20s to early 30s for women. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of developing schizophrenia including genes, environment, and different brain chemistry and structure.

How We Help

Early intervention is key to living a meaningful, productive and independent life with schizophrenia. If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health condition like schizophrenia, 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.

CHCS 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


CHCS Power Program

The CHCS POWER Program serves young adults who have begun experiencing confusion, unusual thoughts, acting in ways that seem difficult for others to understand, hearing or seeing things others don’t, withdrawing from family or friends, or becoming suspicious of other people.



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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