New Horizons


Help is Nearby

Individuals experiencing troublesome mental health symptoms now have convenient access to geriatric counseling mental health treatment. The New Horizons Program is available at Yoakum Community Hospital for patients age 50 and above. This program is designed to address a significant need in our community for those who are experiencing difficult behavior, mental, emotional, and/or physical changes that are impacting their quality of life. New Horizons at Yoakum Community Hospital provides a mental health assessment and appropriate interventions for these individuals.

Assessment Process

Our clinical team will assess and develop a treatment plan that will address mental health and psychosocial stressors affecting the individual’s quality of life.  We encourage family involvement in the assessment process, as it is a critical part of accurately diagnosing and treating mental health issues. The assessment does not require a referral from your primary care physician. Community Education is a large  component of our program. We offer educational programs to individuals, service organizations, nursing homes, hospices and home health agencies as well as families of patients.

Treatment Programs

The New Horizons Outpatient Program is designed to assist patients age 50 years and above who need relief from emotional or personal distress, such as:

  • Social Withdrawal
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Mild Cognitive Decline
  • Acute Memory Impairment
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Mood Changes
  • Unfounded Fears and Anxiety
  • Caregiver Burnout and Stress

This program provides six to eight hours per week of intensive treatment for those with mental health needs. Our treatment team, consisting of a psychiatrist, nurse, and two social workers provides each patient with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment an individually tailored treatment plan. A doctor referral is not required for this program.

The New Horizons Inpatient Program provides a brief, intensive service within the general hospital setting for patients age 50 years and above who may be experiencing more severe mental health symptoms. A psychiatric evaluation by our psychiatrist is available as part of this program. A doctor referral sis required for this service.


How will I pay for treatment? 
Medicare, Medicaid, and supplementary insurances are accepted. Assistance is available for those who qualify. Most private insurances cover this service.

What if I can’t drive?
Rural transit is available free of charge for those who qualify.

Are the elderly at risk for suicide? 
Untreated depression in the elderly has led to multiple recent suicides in this treatment area.

New Horizons Staff:

Stephanie Lerch, RN | Program Director geriatric counseling
(361) 293-2321, ext. 464

Sara Konvicka, LCSW | Social Worker
(361) 293-2321, ext. 140

Chrissy Wagner, LMSW | Social Worker
(361) 293-2321, ext. 463

Laura J. Wright, LMSW | Social Worker
(361) 293-2321, ext. 509

Desire’e Peagler, LVN – Patient Advocate
(361) 293-2321, ext. 576