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Emergence Health Network (EHN) is the Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Authority for El Paso County. EHN is now one of 39 LMHA in Texas.

The mission of Emergence Health Network (EHN) is to ensure superior recovery-based services for mental health, developmental disability, and related conditions for the people of El Paso County. The vision of Emergence Health Network is to take the lead on behavioral and developmental services in the El Paso region ensuring access to quality services, advocating for a better quality of life, and providing strength, hope, and recovery for consumers with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse disorders.

Employees & Individuals Served

EHN employs over 600 people. In 2018, the organization provided services to 15,098 consumers, including mental health services (13,213), I/DD services (1,463), and substance use disorder services (422).

Service Area

Headquartered in El Paso, Texas, Emergence Health Network has 19 service locations serving a consumer population that includes adults, children, veterans, the homeless, and justice-involved individuals.

Service Lines

EHN provides an array of outpatient and housing services that include crisis care, substance use, children’s service, day habilitation, veteran’s care, and services for justice-involved individuals. EHN is the leading provider of behavioral health services in the region and works to improve lives through clinical excellence, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive care. Emergence Health Network’s service offers fall under three categories—mental health, I/DD, and addiction services.

Mental health

  • These services include Mental Health Learning Library; Crisis Services; Outpatient Clinics; Counseling Services; Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) Program; Youth Services; Jail Diversion Services; Homeless Assistance; Assertive Community Treatment; START Team Program; Alternatives at EHN; Mental Health First Aid Course; Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP); and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).


  • These services include Day Rehabilitation Learning Center; Supported Housing; Community First Choice; Home and Community Based Services; Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Program; START Team Program; and Money Follows the Persons Program (MFP).


  • These services include Medicated-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program; Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program; OSAR (Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral) program; Counseling Services; Office Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT); Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP); and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).

Financial Highlights

In 2018, EHN reported $62.2 million in revenue, including revenue from federal ($26 million), state ($23.1 million), county ($1.8 million), and other ($11 million) sources. Expenditures by division included I/DD ($8.6 million), mental health ($26.2 million), diversion ($3.4 million), nursing ($200,000), other ($17 million), and addiction ($1.6 million).

Organizational highlights

  • Emergence Health Network received a total of $36,430,631.70 from the 1115 waiver since 2012 and has implemented four service lines, including the extended observation unit (6,151 consumers served), the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) crisis unit (598), the multisystemic therapy for youth (247), and the Westside Clinic (642). EHN reported 13,489 sessions delivered in those four units, including the extended observation unit (5,408), the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) crisis unit (1,506), the multisystemic therapy for youth (2,569), and the Westside Clinic (4,006).
  • In 2016 EHN celebrated its 50th Anniversary.
  • EHN was selected into the National Council of Behavioral Health First Episode Psychosis Community of Practice pilot program in 2018.
  • EHN has been selected to be a part of the second phase of centers receiving the Community Behavioral Health Clinic Certification which is a high-quality model of care that brings together evidence-based practices in the areas of mental health.

Key Executives

  • Kristen Daugherty, Chief Executive Officer
  • Ashley Sandoval, Associate Chief Executive Officer
  • Rene Hurtado, Chief of Staff
  • Marcelo Rodriguez-Chevres, Chief Medical Officer
  • Carroll Thornburg, Chief Medical Officer Primary Care and Addiction Services
  • Tewiana Norris, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Chrystal L. Davis, LPC, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer
  • Rene Navarro, MBA, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Juan R. Gonzalez, MBA, Chief Information Officer
  • Michael R. Wyatt, Legal Counsel

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