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About Us

Quick Facts about San Marcos

  • 212-bed psychiatric residential treatment facility providing a medical model of care
  • Seclusion-free facility
  • Located between Austin and San Antonio in the heart of Central Texas
  • 65-acre therapeutic setting with an abundance of trees and wildlife
  • 13 unique living units separated by gender, age and developmental levels
  • Campus includes two swimming pools, two gymnasiums, sports court, playing fields, ROPES Course, Canteen social area and a Healing Trail
  • Educational services provided by Ki Charter Academy, utilizing innovative tools to achieve significant scholastic development

History of San Marcos Treatment Center

San Marcos Treatment Center, originally the Brown School, was founded in 1940 by Bert and Lorine Brown. Mr. and Mrs. Brown moved to Austin in 1933 during the depression, arriving by train with two little boys, two ragged suitcases and sixty cents. They established one of the first rest homes in Austin. This was a home for impaired patients.

They progressed from there until 1940, when they found the opportunity to lease a building which was known as the Spring Lake Resort. They continued to lease this building while expanding to two units on the hillside of the current property.

As the number of children grew, the Brown Hall Unit opened at the base of the hillside in 1953. In 1960, the Hillview Unit, named for its hilltop location, was constructed with donations from parents of the children who were the first residents. All units merged in 1974 to become San Marcos Treatment Center.

Call Today

Call us at 800-251-0059 for more details on our programs and insurance options. To make a referral, please call 800-848-9090.