HSNT has grown from our grassroots beginnings into a highly respected organization with six health centers and 120 employees serving on the front lines, dedicated to making a difference in the North Texas communities we serve.
The organization known today as Health Services of North Texas, Inc. (HSNT) was formed by Dr. Richard Sale and his wife, Teel Sale, along with the help of many local citizens whose lives had been affected by HIV/AIDS in some way. In the beginning, our primary goals were to provide support groups, volunteer assistance, education to the community, and comfort to clients and their families in their struggle with HIV/AIDS.
Our services expanded as it became increasingly apparent how many people living with HIV/AIDS were not able to secure the medicines and foods they needed. When federal Ryan White CARE Act funding became available, we became AIDS Services of North Texas (ASNT), began providing comprehensive medical care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and our service area expanded across five counties with offices in Denton, Plano, and Greenville.
ASNT provided outpatient medical care, case management, housing assistance, mental health counseling, prescription assistance, food donations, and transportation to over 500 clients living with HIV/AIDS in Denton, Collin, Hunt, Rockwall, and Kaufman Counties. As ASNT continued to provide services to low-income North Texans living with /HIV/AIDS, it became increasingly apparent that there were wider unmet needs in the areas we served.
In order to serve a wider population, ASNT began providing non-HIV services. When the opportunity presented itself to provide Guardianship Services to Denton County, it was a natural fit. ASNT identified elderly and incapacitated people without proper care as a glaring community need and began providing Adult Guardianship Services in Denton County in 2007. As well, ASNT began providing low-cost mental health counseling services to non-HIV+ clients. To better reflect our wider scope of services, ASNT took the dba Health Services of North Texas.
In 2010, HSNT acquired the People’s Clinic of Denton County and integrated its programs into our service umbrella. The People’s Clinic had a long history of providing comprehensive primary care to all Denton County residents, regardless of income level or disease status. HSNT combined all our clinic operations and opened a new Community Clinic, next door to our Denton office, where we provided a wide array of primary care services to all residents of Denton County in need of medical care. At this time, we officially changed our name to Health Services of North Texas.
HSNT has grown from our grassroots beginnings into a highly respected organization with six health centers across North Texas, providing medical care, behavioral health, pediatrics, prenatal care, women’s health, and so much more to over 12,000 patients annually. Our staff is committed to providing compassionate service using an approach that provides the highest level of care while giving our patients the tools they need to take charge of their health.
We serve in order to make North Texans healthier.
We are a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and FTCA Deemed.